Western Suburbs Weekly - - Crime Watch -

The re­cent theft of a $300 hand­bag de­liv­ered as a Christ­mas par­cel to a doorstep shows the fes­tive sea­son is a time when crim­i­nals are look­ing for easy thefts. Par­cel de­liv­er­ies in­crease greatly at Christ­mas, but peo­ple's aware­ness of the threat of their theft may not rise cor­re­spond­ingly. Please con­sider us­ing other de­liv­ery op­tions for your spe­cial presents. There are par­cel lock­ers, se­cure places at your ad­dress, or pick it up at your lo­cal post of­fice, or nom­i­nate a se­cure place at your home.

– Se­nior Sergeant Peter Gilmour

soles, a black T-shirt and had a black ban­dana over his face.

took just five min­utes to raid an Ow­ston Street home af­ter its fe­male owner left about 1pm on Novem­ber 24.

“She came back five min­utes later and there was man stand­ing at her door with her be­long­ings at his feet, be­fore he made a vague ex­cuse about be­ing a se­cu­rity guard and leav­ing with her purse,” Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mark Matthews said.

The thief was de­scribed as in his 30s with olive skin, clean shaven, slim, with short hair shaved at the sides and a pos­si­ble out­line of a tat­too on his arm.

He wore a white shirt rolled to his el­bows, sun­glasses and a base­ball cap.

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