It’s a time of year when a lot of people are receiving packages through the mail and other delivery services, but it’s also a time of year when those packages are more frequently stolen.
Kingston police have made two arrests in as many weeks following the thefts of parcels delivered out front of residences.
The first incident actually occurred in late November. The complainant was home when she saw the man stop his bike our front of her house at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The accused man then approached the house and walked onto the front porch. The complainant quickly ran to the front door and confronted the man, where she saw him zipping up his backpack. The man left, but not before his photo was obtained, and when the complainant later realized the package had been delivered earlier that morning and was gone, she contacted police.
Later, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, a member of the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit identified the accused man from the photo. The next day, the accused was located at a Princess Street Residence and arrested. The 42-year-old Kingston is charged with theft.
Then, on Thursday, Dec. 13, a package that was delivered to the front of a mid-town apartment building was stolen at approximately 1:30 p.m. Police were called and, while responding officers were talking to the complainant in the building’s main lobby, a female resident of the building exited the elevator and was immediately identified as the suspect. Security footage showed not only the theft, but also the suspect attempting to dispose of the shipping label from the package.
The 41-year-old Kingston woman was arrested and charged with theft and breach of probation.