The driver, who has not been identified, has made at least six dumps and made FedEx the victim of six separate property theft cases, Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon said on Facebook.
“Right now we’re looking at about 450 individual victims, some in Blount County, some not, that investigators are trying to deal with their cases,” Moon said. “It will not be an easy or quick matter to close. “
Moon called the situation a “FedEx debacle” in another article.
The sheriff’s office first announced on Nov. 24 that it had found “300 to 400 boxes of various sizes” dumped at one location. FedEx sent several trucks and drivers “from across the South” to load the packages.
Photos showed workers recovering unopened packages, many of which were damaged. Other images showed workers loading packages into the backs of trucks.
FedEx spokeswoman Rae Lyn Rushing said customers with questions or concerns about their shipments can get updates on the company’s website.
“We are appalled to learn of this incident and can confirm that efforts are immediately underway to collect and deliver the packages to their recipient,” Rushing said. “We will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies during their investigation, including any criminal prosecution or civil action against those responsible. “
Authorities questioned the driver, the sheriff said. Miles across the state in Chilton County, police found “20 or more” packages apparently dumped on the side of the road, WVTM-TV reported.