An off-duty police officer helped Santa Clarita Sheriff Station deputies capture a couple from Van Nuys who are believed to have been stealing packages. It was the off-duty officer who first contacted the SCV Sheriff Station to report the suspects. Deputies responded to the area. When they spoke to the off-duty officer, he said that he recognized the vehicle from other reports of package thefts and called the Sheriff Station.
The off-duty officer followed the suspects’ vehicle until deputies arrived. Upon their arrival, they took custody of the suspects and performed a search of their vehicle, recovering several stolen packages in the process. The man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and the woman was arrested on suspicion of petty theft. Both were taken to the SCV Sheriff Station to undergo booking and processing.
Mail theft is becoming an ever-increasing problem thanks to how frequently people are shopping online. It has been especially bad now due to the holiday season. Having your packages stolen isn’t fun, and it can be extremely difficult to track them down once they’re gone.
Consider the following tips to help keep yourself protected from mail theft.
- Some mail thieves are known to follow delivery trucks and watch for packages that look like easy pickings. If you’re not home and your package needs to be dropped off, consider having your packages placed somewhere more difficult to get to, such as your rear entrance.
- If you have neighbors who are home, have them watch for the package and then retrieve it from your porch.
- Ask USPS if you can pick the package up. Often, when a package is undeliverable or when the recipient makes plans to do so, packages can be held at a USPS office and picked up later.