Sheriff warns of thefts of packages
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent December 4, 2012 1:43PM
Updated: January 6, 2013 9:51AM
Numerous police reports show 2012 appears to be following the trend of an increased number of thefts in December — particularly from doorsteps and vehicles in Porter County.
Three UPS boxes were reported stolen between Nov. 22 and 29 from the front porch of a home in the 500 block of Hampton Manor Drive. It is not known when the packages, containing a Nintendo Wii video game system, clothing and toys, were delivered. The loss is estimated at $1,000.
Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, recommended that people who will have packages delivered when they are not at home either have the items shipped to their workplaces or to a trusted neighbor who is often at home during the day.
While shopping bags full of Christmas presents are known seasonal targets of thieves lurking in store parking lots, anything that can be pawned or sold is at risk when left in any unattended vehicle. An unusually large number of vehicles, most of them left unlocked, have been targeted within the past week across Porter County.
A satellite radio, speakers, cell phone and radar detector were reported stolen from three vehicles in Hebron.
A stereo and assorted paperwork were taken at two locations in South Haven.
Medical identification badges, an mp3 player and several fishing rods and reels were stolen at two locations in the Aberdeen subdivision.
A rifle with a scope and a wallet were stolen from unlocked vehicles at other locations in unincorporated Porter County, according to reports filed with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.