Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:30 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Aug 8, 2014 9:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a FedEx delivery driver accused of stealing packages from businesses and even police.
Officers believe Nathaniel Smith Jr., 50, lied by saying he delivered goods but kept them for himself.
"Smith would deliver an order but not the entire order," Cpl. Don Coppola said.
Surveillance video from a victim on Highland Road caught the alleged scheme on camera. The victim told police Smith marked two packages as delivered, but the video showed he only delivered one package.
The one package that did not make it was more than $1200 worth of cigarettes. The victim said he caught Smith short changing him at least twice.
Another business, across from the location where the cigarettes were swiped, told police Smith didn't deliver a package in October 2013.
Police said the delivery man also took expensive deliveries from them.
"We had a couple of computers that we ordered which showed that they were delivered but were never delivered," Coppola said.
Officers are also investigating another computer Smith had on his FedEx truck that went missing. And, police have expanded their investigation to see if Smith took items from home deliveries.
"It's a shame and not necessarily just for us. But any citizen out there, any consumer out there who is depending on these shipments for whatever reason to get to them and they're not," Coppola said.
Smith's father told WBRZ News 2, police raided his house in Baker but found nothing.
FedEx Grounds said in a statement, "the alleged behavior in this case falls far short of FedEx Ground's commitment to package care and customer service. We are cooperating with authorities as they investigate this matter."
Smith is still employed with the company pending the investigation.