St. Paul package thief leaves thank-you note for rightful recipient

St. Paul package thief leaves thank-you note for rightful recipient Photo: St. Paul Police Department

Updated: December 13, 2019 06:06 PM

Notes around the holidays are usually meant to bring cheer. However, one St. Paul resident received a note she wasn't looking for on her porch.


According to the St. Paul Police Department, a woman was notified that a package was delivered to her home on Watson Avenue. When she got home from work, the package wasn't there. 

The thief did something the police called "unbelievable": they left a thank-you note. 

The note read as follows:

"So just a quick little thank you for leaving me the opportunity of stealing your package. Very nice of you. Thank you, the new owner of your package." 

"It's bad enough that we have to worry about people stealing our packages," the department said in a tweet. "But now they're leaving thank you notes? Ugh." 

"It's obviously shocking that someone going to steal a package would leave a note for the victim. It's something we haven't seen before. I don't know what to chalk it up to it's so unheard of," Sgt. Mike Ernster said to KSTP.

Hilary Smith, the victim of the package theft, intitally thought a joke was being played on her.

"At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me. Who leaves a thank-you note as a thief?" Smith said. 

After checking with her neighbors on Watson Avenue in St. Paul, Smith realized it was not a joke and she had been ripped off.

"I got really mad and then I started to get creeped out," she said. "I'm a proponent of sending a thank-you note when I get a gift but this is a little ridiculous."

Police said they are working to identify and arrest those responsible. 

Police are encouraging residents to take proactive steps to make sure packages aren't stolen, including requiring a signature or having packages delivered to a trusted neighbor, place of work, an Amazon locker, or a neighborhood store. 

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