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Police Investigate Germantown Package Thefts

October 9, 2018

He casually stepped over the gate, over the steps and onto the porch. A porch where he didn’t belong in the wee hours of the morning. He pulled the door to see if it was unlocked, bent down, grabbed a package, and looked into the windows of the home. He then took out a knife and nonchalantly cut open the package to see what was inside.

   Now, the police want to know who he is and are asking the public for help.

   Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the September 25 theft of a package from the front porch of a home in Germantown. 

   Investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him. Detectives believe that this suspect may have also committed a theft from a vehicle at a residence on the same street during the same time period.

   The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 2:45 am on September 25, the suspect walked onto the porch of a home located in the 18900 block of Fountain Hills Drive. The suspect tried the handle of the front door of the home, found it locked, and then stole the package.

   Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6263. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

   Montgomery County Police offer the following tips on how to avoid package theft. Police urge residents who shop online to follow these guidelines to help ensure their packages arrive safely.

Choose a Delivery Address Wisely

   Choose to have package delivered to an attended location. When you order something online, consider sending the package to a place where you know someone will be available to receive it – your workplace or a friend or neighbor’s home.

Choose to Have Package Delivered to Carrier Location

   Have your deliveries sent to the nearest shipping company center. Many shipping carriers will hold the package for up to five days.

Choose In-Store Pick Up

   Many retailers provide the option of purchasing an item online and picking it up at the nearest retail location.

Know When Your Package Will Be Delivered – Sign Up For Notification Services

   Many shipment companies offer services to help you track your deliveries by receiving text messages or an e-mail. You can then plan on being home at the time of delivery or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by the delivery location and retrieve the package.

   After receiving a notification alert and you determine that you won’t be home, many carriers allow you to re-route your shipment to another location or to the carrier’s facility for later pick-up.

Require a Signature

   Many shipping companies offer a service that requires a signature for a package to be released.

Provide Delivery Instructions

   Many carriers allow residents to provide instructions on where the deliveries should be placed at the home (side porch, garage door, etc.)

Insure Your Package

   Consider insuring your package. Contact your chosen mail carrier for coverage policies and requirements.

 

Captions:

Top: Police are trying to identify this package thief who stole packages from a porch on Fountain Hills Drive in the early morning hours of September 25.

Video: The video of the suspect stealing packages from a porch in Germantown.

 

Photos by Germantown Pulse

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