Bakersfield family blames post office for stolen package that held personal items from Navy sailor
Postal worker failed to get package signed
Last Updated: 56 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield man serving in the US Navy had sent a box home that was filled with personal items, but according to his family the package was never received.
Justin Blake Odle has served in the Navy for 6 months and was preparing to move to a different base.
"I sent my stuff home through the post office and had it insured so it would have to be signed for before it was delivered," said Odle.
But apparently the mail carrier had left the box at the front door, without getting a signature, while no one was home.
Odle's mom was expecting the package and had no idea it had been left at her front door until she checked the tracking number, which said the package has been delivered.
Karen Odle immediately called the post office to find out what happened. That's when she learned the mail carrier had dropped off the package while no one was home.
"A supervisor told me that the carrier left the package at my door, then realized it needed a signature. So instead of going back to get the package he just forged a signature to cover the paperwork," said Odle.
The family believes that someone had stolen the box from their front porch shortly after it was delivered.
23ABC contacted the post office and was told that they had started an investigation.
The investigation revealed the carrier did not do his job and let the family down. A post office supervisor told 23ABC, that they could not comment about personal matters, but said the carrier will face disciplinary action.
The family is concerned about the incident and only came forward because they did not want this to happen to anybody else.
The box contained everything from gifts for the family, bank statements and financial information.
The family has begun a fraud alert on their accounts.
"I don't know why this guy still has a job. He forged a name to deliver a package and now we are dealing with this loss," said Odle.
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