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Neighbors confusing Amazon delivery people with thieves

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Unmarked Amazon delivery drivers confused neighbors. Unmarked Amazon delivery drivers confused neighbors.

Police have said it over and over when it comes to people up to no good in neighborhoods: “If you see something, say something.” However, for some neighbors that line has gotten a little blurry with new delivery services that aren't always obvious about what they're doing.

" It looks horrible I mean I have a car full of boxes and I'm driving slow through neighborhoods that you know someti'mes, they're house complexes so they're blocked off. A lot of neighbors know each other, I've had neighbors pull me over and tell me 'what are you doing her?' and I say I am delivering packages, im delivering packages," Richard Powell told Fox5. 

Powell worked delivering packages for Amazon Flex, he quit his job after a dangerous encounter on the job. 

Powell said, "The customer wasn't there so here I am carrying three large boxes away from a house in my regular clothing to my car." 

He told Fox5 that's when the home owner pulled up. 

 "He drives up and blocks me in his driveway, pulls out a handgun and points it towards me and says 'why are you stealing my packages,'" Powell said.

He was able to prove he worked for Amazon Flex but the encounter scared him into quitting. 

He told Fox5 he thinks Amazon should provide shirts or hats to make it easier to identify private contractors working delivering their packages. 

Concerned neighbors around the valley agree. 

Marie Wong said she lives in a quiet Henderson neighborhood and she’s always aware of her surroundings. She said she keeps her doors locked and has multiple cameras with motion sensors that notify her when someone’s around.

Last spring, her cameras caught two guys suspiciously driving around her neighborhood, before burglarizing her neighbors across the street. Months before that, there was another burglary around the corner.

“The guy cuts across the lawn, hops over the wall, and smashes the back door and burglarized him,” Wong said.

When Wong spotted a car circling her cul-de-sac slowly and then its driver jumping out and knocking on doors, she said she immediately became suspicious.

“Another suspicious car a passenger jumps out and these guys move fast you know. They're in and out, they're running to and from, they delivered at my neighbor’s house in flip flops. So are they a bad guy are they a good guy? And with the holidays coming, is this a porch pirate?” Wong asked.

It wasn’t a porch pirate though, it was an Amazon delivery guy.

“He doesn't really have anything identifying what he's doing. You know, it's not like a UPS guy or DHL even,” Wong explained.

The car wasn’t marked. The people did not have on uniforms, and Wong said this made her wonder what this person was up to.

“The curiosity, is this a bad guy or is this a good guy? And then there's no way for me to tell,” Wong said.

Amazon responded with this statement:

“Amazon Flex is an innovative program that enables individuals to be their own boss and earn up to $25 per hour, freeing up time to pursue their goals and dreams, such as finishing school, building a business or spending time with their family.”

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