Package thefts on rise; police offer tips

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) ‘Tis the season … for package thefts? It would appear so.

As more and more packages are sent and delivered over the holiday season, the propensity for thefts of those packages – left on porches and ripe for the picking – continue to rise.

Fort Wayne Police records show from Nov. 1 through Dec. 10, 10 delivered packages have been reported stolen from homes in the city. That’s up from four in the same period a year ago, according to police records.

All told, 41 packages have been reported stolen in 2017.

One of those happened along Short Street early Friday morning. In a video sent to NewsChannel 15 through our ReportIt feature, a person is shown on a surveillance camera running up to a home and running back with a package in hand.

The video, caught in broad daylight, put a little damper on the Rodriguez’s holiday cheer.“ We were kind of angry like wow somebody had the nerve to come up here and take a package that did not belong to them?”

Ceceilia Rodriguez said she and her mother were shocked to see it. “She was real upset. She was in shock and at first she was angry because she didn’t know where her package was at and then at then she saw the video and saw someone did take it and she was just real bummed out that day.”

Her mom was at work and couldn’t talk on camera but she sent the video in the hopes other people will learn from what happened to her. “She minds her own business. She doesn’t bother people and for somebody to be that bold and just do that is shocking. It’s like wow.”

A police report was filed but no arrests have been made.

Fort Wayne Police records show from November 1st through December 10th, 10 delivered packages have been reported stolen.

Sandra Villagran said the incident happened around 1:30 a.m., several hours after a package was delivered to her home and left on her front porch. Villagran said she just wanted to spread the word “to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

To help with that, Fort Wayne Police have encouraged residents to:

  • get your packages insured
  • have the item delivered at your place of employment, or a neighbor’s home or that of a family member
  • have it held at the terminal and you pick it up
  • require a signature
  • get video monitoring of your front porch area