Porch package poachers pinched, cueing darker side of holidays


Vivian Mueller, left, and Brittani Macias were arrested Nov. 27, 2017 in connection with a string of porch package thefts in South San Jose. (San Jose Police Dept.)

SAN JOSE — With the holiday shopping season in full swing, police are once again warning residents against a rising yuletide phenomenon after the recent arrests of a pair of porch package theft suspects in South San Jose.

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Consumers’ increasing migration to online retailers for big-ticket holiday purchases has given rise to more instances of people walking right up to homes and taking newly delivered packages almost as soon as they land on doorsteps.

“A car stops in the middle of the street, a passenger pops out and runs to the front of a home, and takes multiple packages sitting on the porch,” said veteran San Jose burglary Detective Ashley Weger.

That’s almost exactly what happened in the case of two women who were arrested by San Jose police late last month in connection with at least a half-dozen porch poachings, investigators say. In one instance, the pair reportedly backed their vehicle into the driveway of a home they targeted, giving the appearance they might belong there.

They appear to have been thwarted by online shoppers adopting another technology, in the form of high-resolution home-security cameras. Weger said residents of a neighborhood in the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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