Don’t Get Grinched: How To Protect Your Holiday Packages


APPREHENSION IS HELPING WITH THE INVESTIGATION. ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PACKAGES TO BE STOLEN RIGHT FROM YOUR DOORSTEP BY MODERN DAY GRINCHES. OVER THE WEEKEND EDINA POLICE ARRESTED THIS MAN FOR STEALING A BAIT PACKAGE WITH A GPS TRACKING DEVICE INSIDE OF IT. JUST THIS AFTERNOON POLICE ARRESTED A WOMAN WHO WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA STEALING A BOX CONTAINING A CHILD’S TOY FROM OUTSIDE THIS HOME IN COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. WCCO’S ESME MURPHY SHARES SOME ADVICE FOR MAKING SURE YOUR GIFTS END UP UNDER THE TREE. Reporter: IT WAS ALL CAPTURED ON VIDEO OUTSIDE A COLUMBIA HEIGHTS HOME LAST WEEK. A WOMAN GRABS A PACKAGE WHICH POLICE TELL US CONTAINS A CHILD’S TOY. LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE SAME TIME ACROSS THE STREET A MAN ALSO TAKES A PACKAGE FROM OUTSIDE A HOME. HE THEN GETS INTO THE CAR WITH THE WOMAN. THE VIDEO HAS BEEN POSTED TO LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA CRIME FIGHTING SITES AND THIS AFTERNOON COLUMBIA HEIGHTS ARRESTED A WOMAN WHOSE NAME THEY ARE NOT YET RELEASING. THE VIDEO IS EXTREMELY HELPFUL. THE VIDEO WAS VERY CLEAR, SO THERE WAS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THE PERSON THAT WE ARRESTED IS THE PERSON THAT’S IN THE VIDEO. Reporter: WHILE THE MAN IS STILL AT LARGE DURING THE WOMAN’S ARREST POLICE RECOVERED OTHER PACKAGES STOLEN FROM NEARBY DOORSTEPS. IN EDINA, POLICE HAVE ARRESTED THEIR OWN GRINCH. POLICE TWEETED THIS WEEKEND THEY HAD CAUGHT A MAN LATER IDENTIFIED AS RAYMOND HESSTER STEALING A BAIT PACKAGE THEY HAD LEFT OUTSIDE A HOME ON THIS STREET. INSIDE WHAT APPEARED TO BE A BOX FROM A COMPUTER COMPANY WAS A GPS TRACKING DEVICE. LOCAL POLICE ARE WARNING THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU. IT’S SAD, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE ORDERING STUFF, THEY ARE AT WORK DURING THE DAY, TRYING TO GET THEIR PACKAGES, GET THINGS READY FOR CHRISTMAS AND THEN SOMEONE COMES ALONG AND STEALS THEM AND KIDS MIGHT GO WITHOUT A PRESENT. Reporter: ESME MURPHY, WCCO 4 NEWS. POLICE FROM SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS THAT WE SPOKE TO ALL OFFER THE SAME ADVICE, THEY SAY WHEN POSSIBLE, REQUIRE A SIGNATURE FOR ANY DELIVERY, TRACK YOUR PACKAGE DELIVERIES BY TEXT OR E-MAIL. GET PACKAGES SENT TO WORK OR SOMEPLACE WHERE SOMEONE CAN RECEIVE IT. ALSO CONSIDER HOME SURVEILLANCE CAMERA. THE SYSTEMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

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