It happens… happened to me about 8 years back. At the time I was
receiving packages addressed to B. P. Marshall Studios. Across the
street was a BP gas station. The temporary driver delivered it there.
Someone signed for it.
As this was around XMas time, I wasn’t paying attention until the
client called to set an appointment to look at the diamond. I called
the supplier to ask where the stone was - and the supplier said
someone signed for it. We both called the Sheriffs Dept.
Turned out the owner of the BP station (who knew me personally - and
knew what I did for a living) had opened the package. It contained a
memo made out to me with my address on it.
He decided to keep it anyway. Took it home. The Sheriffs recovered
it from him. I thought that the diamond dealer should have prosecuted
him, after all the stone was worth $12,000… That puts it in the
grand theft category. They chose not to. By taking it home (to
another city) he was obviously attempting to steal it.
Even though the stone was recovered - I did lose the sale, because
by then client had found another stone. Could have been worse, I