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A courier vehicle containing mail from 21 Publix Super Market stores was stolen outside of a Publix location in Port Orange, Fla., last week, the grocer said. The courier company to which the vehicle belongs, Orlando-Fla.-based Alpha Logistics Service, is contracted to pick up store mail and bring it to Publix’s corporate offices. The Port Orange Police Department is currently investigating the Feb. 15 incident.
When made aware of the stolen vehicle, “we immediately launched an internal investigation, primarily focused on identifying the contents within the mail bags,” noted Publix director of media and community relations Maria Brous. “[O]ut of an abundance of precaution, we have urged our associates at our 21 locations, who may have submitted sensitive information, to monitor their credit report[s] for unusual activity. We are making the same recommendation to our customers who may have completed a Western Union transaction or paid for their purchase manually via a carbon-copy credit card authorization slip.”
Stores affected by the theft are located in Ormond Beach, Sanford, Lake Mary, Daytona Beach, Deltona, Deland, South Daytona, Longwood and Holly Hill, Fla.
Operated by its 141,000 employees, Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix has 1,011 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.