At about 2:15 PM on Monday, December 14, 2015, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for reports of three males stealing packages from residents’ porches in the area of East Fourth and N Streets.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to witnesses who reported that three males were stealing packages from residents’ porches, ripping open the boxes, and stuffing the contents into shopping bags. Officers broadcast the suspects’ descriptions and direction of flight and began to canvass the area.
Shortly thereafter, two Boston police officers performing a detail in the area of East Second and Emmett Streets observed one male fitting the description of one of the suspects. Upon stopping the male, officers observed that he was carrying a shopping bag filled with merchandise, some of which displayed the shipping addresses of victims on East Fourth Street. This suspect was identified and taken into custody.
During the investigation, officers were informed that the two other suspects had been located in the area of Columbia and Marine Road. After further investigation, the two males were also identified and taken into custody.
Forty-seven-year-old Robert MacNeil of Dorchester, 19-year-old Johnny Sadm of Dorchester, and 19-year-old Cody Urban of South Boston were arrested and charged with Larceny over $250.
HOLIDAY PACKAGE DELIVERY TIPS
Between last-minute online shoppers and long-distance gift givers, it’s no secret that December is a peak time for package deliveries, but the increase in activity also makesit a busy time for package thieves. The Boston Police Department would like to offersome safety tips to ensure that packages end up in the right hands this holiday season.
• Make arrangements with relatives if you know they won’t be home when shippingthem a package. Arrange for packages to be shipped to a location where someone willbe available to receive them—such as a relative’s home or a work address—or leave special instructions for the carrier to leave the package with a neighbor or in another secure location.
• Don’t assume that common hallways and back doors are “secure” locations. If the dooris unlocked and accessible by those who do not reside there, it’s still a vulnerable location.
• The United States Post Office (USPS) offers special delivery instructions which can be submitted online via the USPS website. Be sure to read them before shipping packages.
• Ask that mail carriers post a notice that a package is available for pickup at the local post office instead of leaving it unattended.
• UPS drivers are trained to leave packages in places that are away from public sight and inclement weather, and customers can submit detailed delivery instructions online for where they’d like delivery items to be left in the event they aren’t home to receive them.
• Customers can choose to have their UPS packages shipped to a specific UPS Store location. A notification will be sent via text message or e-mail when they’ve arrivedand are ready for pickup.
• FedEx offers a “signature for delivery” option. Choosing this option would meana person would need to sign for the package and it would never be left unattended.
• FedEx Packages can also be shipped to FedEx Office stores, and customers evenhave the option to go online and redirect a package to a store while it is en route.
• Taking advantage of the security options offered by the carriers will help ensure packagesare not easy targets for thieves. If you or someone you know has been victimized by this type of crime, please report the incident to the Boston Police Department. If you see criminal activity taking place, or are in need of police assistance, always call 9-1-1.
We hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!