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Thief Steals Debit Card, Has Stolen Goods Sent to Victims’ Home

Monday, 07 Jan 2013 10:24 AM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A brazen thief stole an Alaska couple’s debit card number — then ordered $5,000 worth of goods he apparently hoped to collect by shipping them directly to their home.

Chris and Susie Linford of Anchorage were jolted when Credit Union 1 notified them that somebody was making unauthorized charges on their account.

The card was cancelled, but that wasn’t the end of it as armies of deliverymen began appearing at their door.

The first day, a JVC car stereo and a radar detector showed up.

Then, "the boxes started coming pretty quick, a couple of deliveries a day," Chris told Anchorage Daily News columnist Julia O’Malley, who broke the story.

Over the next week, the Linfords received an autographed baseball bat, a signed portrait of racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., a box of North Face jackets, martial arts gloves, and shin pads.

Next came a $50 linen scrapbook, women’s jackets worth $220 apiece, and a bulky shelf for plants. The crook also ordered a subscription to USA Today and enrolled in a fruit-of-the-month club.

“What was the thief thinking?’’ writes O’Malley. “Maybe they had a local connection and were planning to come to the Linford's house and steal the items off the porch?’’

That would have been a bad idea, Susie said, because "I work at home and I have a big dog."

The thief apparently thought better, too, as nobody has shown up to collect the booty.





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