Porch pirates beware, the East Fishkill Police Department is on the hunt for you this holiday season.
Officers from the department received a report from a Cherry Lane resident shortly before 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, about two men in hooded sweatshirts that stole packages from a local home and took off in a box truck.
Police said that an officer in the area was able to track down the suspect in short order, and the investigation into the stolen packages led to the arrests of Wilkes Barre, Penn. resident Albert Ulloa-Pichado, 24, and New York City resident Steven Baez-Tapia, 19. The investigation determined that the two were responsible for the stolen packages.
Both men were arrested and charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. They were remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail and are scheduled to appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.
Police said that locals should be vigilant for people or vehicles that are unfamiliar to the neighborhood, and arrangements should be made to have packages delivered while one is at home, or to have a trusted person secure the items.
- Request packages to be placed in a less conspicuous spot, such as a side door or behind a planter or garbage can.
- Many shipping companies now allow you to request a delivery time or time frame – schedule packages for when someone is home.
- Install a smart security camera at your front door.
- Request signature on delivery if possible.
- Some companies and shippers offer locker service or for packages to be held at the delivery distribution center for pick-up.
- Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and people in your neighborhood and report suspicious activity.
Anyone who may have experienced similar thefts or know of any suspicious activities in their neighborhood have been asked to contact investigators at the East Fishkill Police Department by calling (845) 221-2111.
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