ATLANTA - Almost 100 Amazon packages were dumped on the side of the road Tuesday night in Buckhead.
Channel 2's Lauren Pozen was in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood, where dozens of Amazon boxes and bags were left in a cul-de-sac on Highland Drive.
Pozen talked to a man and his wife who said they saw something off the side of the road that they initially thought was just trash.
Charles McIntyre said he saw about 20 or 25 Amazon packages stacked up neatly near a fire hydrant, some of them open. In an odd twist, it didn't look like anything had been stolen.
"You would think if somebody's stealing something, they would ransack and grab what they could" McIntyre said.
McIntyre called police, who came out to pick up the packages. Pozen spoke to Atlanta police, who said they will send those packages back to Amazon.
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Channel 2 Action News has reported on several incidents of "porch pirates" stealing packages off of people's front porches, but that is not what happened here.
"Somebody took the time to open them neatly, not ripping anything, and as I opened it, the gift was still in there," McIntyre said.
McIntyre said the boxes were full of a variety of things, but at least one was full of golf balls.
Neighbors are still perplexed as to how the packages got there and who left them.
Pozen spoke with another neighbor whose mail was stolen last night, but it's unclear if there's any correlation with the dropped-off packages.
McIntyre jokes that maybe Christmas came too early.
"Maybe Santa dropped them off by mistake," McIntyre said. "He thought he had them at the right house, but Santa wouldn't open the gifts."
Amazon is advising customers who live in Buckhead and have ordered anything in recent days to report any issues with shipments.
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