Amazon Delivery Driver Accused of Burglaries
The crimes happened while he was delivering packages, Pinellas deputies say.
CLEARWATER – A St. Petersburg man is accused of committing burglaries while making deliveries for Amazon, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Dane Derango, 26, of St. Petersburg, was charged with two counts each of Burglary of a Unoccupied Conveyance-Attempted and Burglary of a Unoccupied Conveyance and one count of Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling.
Deputies said that, about 5:10 p.m. Sunday (April 19), a resident saw an Amazon delivery driver try to open the doors of two locked vehicles before opening an unlocked Cadillac. After getting out of the vehicle, the driver left in his white Amazon van.
Deputies went to the area around 707 Bough Ave. in unincorporated Clearwater and were told by a resident of suspicious activity she recorded on her door bell video system. The video showed a man later identified as Derango leaving a package and then walking towards the parking lot. As he walked by parked vehicles, his arm can be seen extended, pulling on the door handles of cars. Derango is then seen entering an unlocked Honda van.
During the investigation, deputies said they earned of another Amazon delivery during which the driver of the van took a Buddha statue and damaged three potted plants before returning to his van.
Deputies were provided a description of the driver and found Derango wearing a blue vest and an Amazon shirt, driving a white van and making deliveries in the area.
Derango refused to cooperate with the investigation and was arrested.
An Amazon representative came to the scene and took custody of the van and the contents.
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