A man has been left “sickened” after a £300 Christmas present he bought for his brother was left on his doorstep by a DPD driver and stolen.
Liam Byrne spent £320 on a Versace leather wrap bracelet and Medusa leather card holder which he bought from Selfridges, hoping to surprise his brother for Christmas.
On December 23, DPD delivered his parcel and left it on the doorstep to his Sherwood home.
Mr Byrne, a 27-year-old bartender, said he woke up at 9am on the day and realised DPD had left the parcel on his doorstep.
He claims the driver did not knock on his door and the parcel – which was left in full view of the busy Valley Road – was subsequently stolen before he got to it.
“I was in when it was delivered at 7.50am on the Monday,” he told Nottinghamshire Live.
“It was for my brother. It’s sickening. I was so gutted as I was not expecting it. It’s like they are the Grinch who stole Christmas.
“I only work on a zero-hours contract, I’ve worked really hard for that over Christmas. I always tell them to leave it at number three.
“Leaving it outside my door is not a safe place. It should require a signature for something like that.”
In an email from Selfridges, Mr Byrne was told the refund was unable to be processed because “all available evidence indicates the contract of sale has been completed.”
This, the company said in the email, was because the package was delivered with no damage.
However, after Nottinghamshire Live contacted Selfridges, Mr Byrne was informed that a full refund would be processed.
He was also given a £25 gift voucher.
A spokesman for DPD said: “We have investigated this consignment.
“The driver delivered the parcel correctly. The receiver had instructions on the DPD app for parcels to be left in his ‘safe place’, and the driver left the parcel where he was told to.”
After calling Selfridges on Monday, December 23, the company informed him to report the incident to the police, who he called at around 5pm, and Nottinghamshire Police confirmed it is now investigating.
A spokesman for the force added: “Officers are appealing for information and witnesses following a report of theft of a delivery from outside a property in Sherwood.
“Nottinghamshire Police was called after some £300 worth of goods were reported to have been stolen from outside a house in Bradmore Rise on Monday 23 December 2019.
“It is thought that the goods were taken between 7.50am and 7.30pm on Monday.
“If you have any information or witnessed anything, please contact Nottinghamshire Police and quote incident number 734 of 23 December 2019.”