Police offer warning as thieves target holiday packages - KCTV5

Police offer warning as thieves target holiday packages

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Police say thieves are swiping packages right off people's doorsteps and offer a warning to those ordering gifts online this holiday season.

For the second time in about a week Overland Park Police got a call about someone snatching packages off of porches.

"We kind of pay for convenience," said Officer Gary Mason.

It's a hard truth an Overland Park woman learned Monday.

"I heard the doorbell ring," she said.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, was expecting a package and heard the delivery man leave it on her porch, but she was working and didn't get it right away. About 30 minutes later she heard a commotion outside.

"My little dog was yapping and barking again and I looked up and I saw my box moving through the door – I have a stain glass door - so I jumped from the couch," she said.

The woman said when she opened the door she saw a man running with her box in hand to an SUV he had backed up to the driveway. She said he even left the back hatch open for an easy getaway.

"He was throwing the box in the back of the car and he said he was the FedEx and that it was delivered to the wrong place and I yelled at him and said, ‘No, that's not true,'" the woman said.

She said the man had no interest in stopping so she grabbed the box out of the back just as he tore off down the street.

"At the time I wasn't thinking at all. Afterwards, after I called police, I started getting upset about what just happened and what I'd done and how bold some people can be. I don't think I'll ever chase after my box again," the woman said.

Police say, as deliveries pick up over the holiday shopping season, so do the opportunities for thieves. They recommend people send deliveries to a neighbor who they know will be home, or have them delivered to their work. Leaving boxes outside for too long increases chances for them to be swiped.

Police said they have some leads in the Overland Park thefts but, so far, no arrests have been made.

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