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Don't Let Packages Sit on Your Doorstep ... Thieves on the Loose

People are swiping boxes off front porches, according to Novato police.

Are you waiting for some last-minute gifts to arrive from your online shopping spree? suggest you check your front doorstep often to prevent what happened to at least residents over the past few days.

At 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, a man inside his home watched another man pull into his driveway in an older black Ford Mustang and steal a package off his doorstep, Novato police Lt. Keith Heiden said. The homeowner didn’t know he had a package on the porch until he saw the thief walking back to his car with the box, which had been delivered by UPS.

Heiden said somebody found the package nearby on Country Club Lane and returned it unopened and intact. Others aren’t so lucky.

A homeowner on Taft Court reported the theft of a package off her front porch on Dec. 19, according to a police report. While away from home, she tracked the package through UPS and found that it had been delivered at 3:15 p.m. that day. She arrived home at 6 p.m. and saw that the package, containing stereo equipment, was not there.

“All you can do is check yourself and ask your neighbors to watch out for each other,” Heiden said. “Just call the police if you see something suspicious. Sometimes these kinds of thefts are covered by a credit card or delivery company, but sometimes they aren’t. Honestly I’m surprised we don’t have more of these thefts at this time of year.”

To report suspicious activity, call 911.

Susan Wernick December 23, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Hold on... "I'm surprised we don't have more of these thefts..."? I've lived in Novato for 30 years and we rarely, if ever, had problems like this in the past. It is absolutely sad that we have to worry about theft like this now. We should never accept this kind of activity as commonplace. It is completely unacceptable.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 23, 2011 at 07:41 AM
Did you vote in the last city council election? 20,000 did not even vote. 10,000 could not waste a 44 cent stamp on how their city is run.
Jeanie Jacobson December 27, 2011 at 12:29 AM
On Thursday, December 8, someone stole two UPSdelivered boxes from my San Luis Way porch between 11:35 a.m. and 3 p.m. One of the boxes was found on San Carlos and returned by a kind neighbor. I hope the scum-bag enjoyed the contents of the other box, a fuzzy Hello Kitty back-pack and a mini-chef toque and cookset. My downstairs window screens had been removed in an effort to find a "portal of entry." Santa brought us flood lights, surveillance cameras and an ADT alarm system. It used to be that the word was out to the scum-bags that San Marin is populated by active and retired police officers. I guess the new crop of theives hasn't gotten the word yet.
Susan Wernick December 27, 2011 at 07:39 AM
I not only voted (I always vote), but participated in Leslie Peterson Schwarze's Council campaign. It is at the local level that residents can make the most impact and, like you, I wish more people would pay attention and participate in the process.
Maura Thurman December 27, 2011 at 05:33 PM
It's not just Novato. In the Bel Aire neighborhood of Tiburon, the neighborhood email group has had several postings from residents who've noticed missing packages. Watching out for each other is a good idea.

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