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Delivery Packages Target Of Thefts

Posted December 9, 2004 8:16 a.m. EST

— Every year around the holidays, we hear about thieves trying to steal packages from cars in mall parking lots. This year, they are taking it one step further.

During the holiday season, UPS is busier than ever delivering packages to area homes. Now, it looks like thieves may be busy following those trucks.

At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, UPS delivered a package to the home of John and Sarah Raynor. Sarah Raynor was home, but did not come to the door.

A few minutes later, the doorbell rang, Raynor looked out the window, and saw a man -- not the deliveryman -- taking her package.

"It's kind of scary to think there's someone out there stealing stuff," she said.

The couple believe they have seen the white work truck in question casing their neighborhood. They just got married and receive many packages every week.

"Given the time of year, there are going to be more people expecting packages," said Jim Sughrue of the Raleigh Police Department.

Raleigh Police are investigating the case and said it is a reminder that you can never be sure anything left on your doorstep is safe.

"If they are expecting they'll receive something, it's a good idea to have a neighbor looking out for it if they're not going to be home so it can be brought into somebody's house and you can pick it up later. Maybe you could have it delivered to a neighbor or have it delivered to your office," Sughrue said.

UPS said it takes precautions to avoid theft by leaving packages out of sight when possible. The company also works with customers on coming up with safe or alternative locations to leave a package.

The company fully cooperates with local police in theft cases.