Cops seek Grinch steal­ing pack­ages from U.D. homes

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Kevin Tustin [email protected]­tu­ry­

UP­PER DARBY >> ‘Tis the sea­son for some Grinchy char­ac­ters to steal pack­ages full of hol­i­days presents and gifts.

The Up­per Darby Po­lice Depart­ment is look­ing for a num­ber of per­sons who stole mailed items that were wait­ing at the front doors of their in­tended re­cip­i­ents from three dif­fer­ent ad­dresses through­out the town­ship on Mon­day and Tues­day.

The first theft oc­curred Mon­day evening some­time around 5 and 6 p.m. on the 4600 block of Wood­lawn Av­enue in Up­per Darby. A pack­age de­liv­ered by Ama­zon con­tain­ing a Monopoly board game, toys and a hair care prod­uct was swiped from this ad­dress, said Up­per Darby Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Chit­wood on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent was caught on home sur­veil­lance video where four teenagers were iden­ti­fied swip­ing a pack­age de­liv­ered by the postal ser­vice con­tain­ing a pair of brown dress shoes. The theft oc­curred Mon­day night at ap­prox­i­mately 7:45 p.m. in the 3900 block of Mary Street in Drexel Hill. Po­lice are in the process of se­cur­ing the sur­veil­lance footage from the pri­vate res­i­dence for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

On Tues­day evening at around 5 p.m. a man de­scribed as a black male with a beard was spot­ted on sur­veil­lance footage from a home in the 800 block of Ter­wood Road in the Aron­imink sec­tion steal­ing a pack­age from QVC, the con­tents of which are val­ued at $500. In this in­stance, the sus­pect is seen driv­ing away with the pack­age in an En­ter­prise box truck parked across the street from the res­i­dence.

Chit­wood be­lieves the same man who stole from the Ter­wood prop­erty is also re­spon­si­ble for the Wood­lawn theft on Mon­day evening and po­lice are ac­tively look­ing for the En­ter­prise ve­hi­cle for that rea­son. “We have a good lead on him,” said Chit­wood. The po­lice chief said home sur­veil­lance sys­tems have helped po­lice in the last few years for cap­tur­ing these pack­age-grab­bing thefts in neigh­bor­hoods. He also elab­o­rated on the types of peo­ple who com­mit these acts.

“These bums don’t work, they fol­low the truck UPS, FedEx, postal ser­vice - and they watch them drop off a pack­age. When they see they drop the pack­age and leave they come up and take it,” he said.

Any­one with tips are asked to call Up­per Darby Po­lice at 610-734-7693.


Sur­veil­lance im­age cap­tures sus­pect steal­ing a pack­age from a home on Ter­wood Road in Drexel Hill Tues­day night. Po­lice are look­ing for the En­ter­prise box truck lo­cated in the back­ground that the sus­pect fled in with the stolen items.

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