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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

Do you have any info about this package-stealing Grinch?

It’s the holiday season. The time for family get-togethers, over-eating and, sadly, stolen packages.

Do you recognize this person? Help a neighbor out and call the cops.

Do you recognize this person? Help a neighbor out and call the cops.

A reader sent us this video that depicts a woman walking up to a house on the 500 block of Reed St. and nicking a package that USPS left wedged in the screen door. Here’s the video.

While certainly not as casual as the woman from Halloween, who sat on the step and tediously unwound the lights from the zombie butler in LoMo, it’s every bit as concerning given it’s the time of year when everyone sends and receives a lot of packages.

Anyone with info on this case is asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department, use DC 14-03-69589 as reference.

Also, if this happens to you and there’s video, send it our way and hopefully it will help in solving the crime. 


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3 Responses to Do you have any info about this package-stealing Grinch?

  1. tjb November 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Same happened to me 1200 block of Latona, UPS left it and it was gone before I was home from work. It was only a $20 item so wasn’t worth the time to persue, but now I make sure what company is delivering an item and I tell them they can’t leave it on the stoop, what do you do? US Postal service is usually good about not leaving a package and give a pick up notice instead. I will usually use USPS for this reason. But all this works so long as I set up the shipping, if it is an unexpected package delivery then I guess it will be up for grabs.

  2. Constance November 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi neighbor! (Waves to tjb)

    I’ve lived here for more than 20 years and have never had a package stolen (knocks wood) and I get a lot of packages. I wonder if it’s because my tiny street gets little traffic or because there is usually a neighbor or two on the street. And I think the time of year contributes to package stealing. There might be an expensive gizmo meant as a gift in one of those tempting parcels.

  3. Constance November 25, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    I hope the package contained something cheap and difficult to sell. A computer or phone cable/cord would be good. Even better would be some of that sugar free candy that gives people the runs.

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