HO OH NO: Package Thieves Work Nearby Lakeview

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As predicted, package thieves have been out in force this week. So far, most reports of thieves in action have come from outside of the immediate neighborhood:

• A bit to our north, in the 1900 block of Belle Plaine, witnesses saw “two younger Hispanic men” get out of a silver “Dodge of some sort” and steal a neighbor’s UPS delivery. That happened around noon on Tuesday.

• Closer to home, at 6 o’clock Tuesday, four people were seen running away with a package from a home in the 2900 block of Halsted.

• Around 8 o’clock Tuesday night, near Clark and Belle Plaine, a caller reported seeing a short Hispanic man with a cross-shoulder backpack get out of a black minivan to steal packages off of porches. A female passenger was “assisting.” The two may have been in the area delivering a free newspaper/ad circular pack.

• Yesterday afternoon, police were tipped off to a gray Mitsubishi that was circling around the area of Paulina and Berteau. A witness saw the vehicle’s occupants pick up packages from two separate homes. Officers were unable to locate the car.

Get some tips on avoiding package thefts in our report from last Sunday.

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