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EPPD looking for package thief, offers tips to avoid holiday package thefts

El Paso Police Department
Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:22pm

So you've made your list, checked it twice, and to make things easier, ordered your presents online and had them shipped to your doorstep - ready to be wrapped and put under the tree.

But deliveries left waiting for you outside might tempt thieves to do a little shopping of their own when nobody's looking.

"Many of the crimes we do see, even in El Paso, are specifically that - crimes of opportunity, where an individual sees an opportunity to commit a crime such as a package that is unattended there in front of the home and taking that package," said Officer Javier Sambrano with the El Paso Police Department.

EPPD says they've received 6 reports of package theft since October - 2 on the east side and 4 on the west side.

One of the west side thefts happened near Rosemary Chavez' home.

"Because of how all the theft is going on, I don't want them taking my package if I'm not here. So, I usually try to be here around that time. My packages usually get here in the afternoon," said Chavez.

Luckily, her neighbor caught the guy stealing packages on their surveillance system.

If your home doesn't have a surveillance system, there are other ways to protect your goods.

"Ask your neighbor to take your packages. I do that for the neighbors. I usually take their packages because I'm home all the time," said Chavez.

You can also have packages delivered to your work or PO Box.

Some companies will let you order online and then pick-up in store.

You can request a tracking number for packages to see when they'll arrive. Companies like FedEx will also let you reschedule deliveries for a time when you are home, or hold them at a FedEx location for pick-up.

Finally, you can request that the delivery person get your signature before dropping the package off.

El Paso Police are asking for the public's help finding the west el paso package thief. They say he could be involved in the other thefts in town as well.

He's described as either White or Hispanic,  and was seen getting into a newer model blue Ford F-250 with a trailer attached to it.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 566-TIPS (8477).

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