“We’ve had quite a few of these in the last two weeks,” said NOPD Sgt. Warren Keller at the Second District weekly internal meeting Wednesday.
A white four-door sedan has been seen trailing a UPS truck, said Keller, in charge of the property-crimes division. After the UPS driver makes a delivery, one person exits the car and takes the package from the residence, he said.
One of the incidents occurred in the 2100 block of Jefferson Ave. on Nov. 25 during the day, and another took place in the 5400 block of South Tonti Street on Nov. 26 in the evening. Keller’s report did not include locations on the other thefts, but he said three took place last week and two this week.
“This is the time of year for it,” Keller said, noting these type of thefts pick up around the holiday season.
In the Sixth District, Commander Bob Bardy issued a similar holiday warning to shoppers: Don’t leave your gifts unattended in your vehicle, even at home, he said — lest they tempt an opportunistic thief walking by.