Wow, a theft ring! Wonder if the woman involved was keeping or selling the items received. Seems if the officer could SEE the article described, that sounds like "probable cause" to investigate a theft. Maybe he could have found evidence, like the packaging and shipping lable.A friend of mine had 4 UPS deliveries not show up after being shown on-line as being delivered. The 4th one, she happened to be home and on-line when it showed up as being delivered. Her terrier never barked - big clue that UPS didn't come near her house - and there was no package at the door. She called in and had a discussion with the customer service. They checked the delivery address and it had been changed to a different address - it did not match her billing address even though her name was still on it.
She called the local police and working with the UPS clerk, the police stopped by the "delivery address" to ask about the package. The person answering the door "didn't know anything about a UPS delivery" ... the cop saw the personalized throw she had ordered on the kitchen counter but couldn't follow up because the person "denied any knowledge" of the package.
She hasn't lost any packages since - but she now puts a delivery message that says "If delivery address is not #####, Contact (her name and phone number)".
The cops think that there was a person at the local UPS distribution center that was altering the shipping labels somehow and in cahoots with the lady who got the visit from the cops.