Police say package thief stole thousands of dollars worth of cancer medication off doorstep

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Investigators say the suspect they arrested Tuesday for a string of package thefts is also responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of cancer medication off someone's doorstep.

"That's all I can say, Grinch," said New Orleans East resident Fay Price.

Price is shocked to hear of recent package thefts in her quiet neighborhood.

"Somebody who does something like that, they don't like Christmas," said Price.

Yet, this was no Amazon order or Macy's delivery. Someone stole her neighbor's cancer medication, $10,000 worth, to be exact.

"That's dangerous. The lady could've died. She could've died. I mean, this is serious. This is really serious," Price said.

New Orleans Police say 30-year-old Delamie Stevenson is the woman responsible, allegedly caught on camera stealing delivered packages from several homes, including one on Parkwood Court and another on Deerfield Drive in New Orleans East.

We were there when a multi-jurisdictional task force arrested Stevenson Tuesday afternoon.

Now, after a search of her light gray Lexus, investigators believe she also stole the cancer medication from Price's neighbor on Woodbine Drive.

Luckily, police recovered the medication and returned it to its rightful owner. It turns out, they were chemotherapy drugs. The woman didn't want to appear on camera, but tells us she had to go days without it because of the theft.

"It interrupts the treatment the doctors have planned for the patient," explained Ross Morel.

Morel is a pharmacist and owner of NOLA Discount Pharmacy on Veterans Boulevard.

He says missing doses of certain medications can be dangerous, especially cancer drugs or immuosuppressants. That's not to mention the process patients must go through to get insurance to replace them.

"It's definitely very serious if, for any reason, a person's medications are interrupted, especially if the mail order service has shipped them. They said it's going to be there by a certain date. It gets there, then it's stolen, then there's probably a pretty long lag before they can replace the medication if it is replaceable," Morel said. "Especially if you're talking about medications that are thousands of dollars. You can't just pay out of pocket for that. And there's a cost to overnight it to the person again."

It's why Price is grateful police found her neighbor's drugs.

"My neighbor is okay and thank God," said Price.