SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The holiday shopping season is in full swing and thieves are stealing delivered packages from people's front porches, according to the Sahuarita Police Department.
According to Sgt. Juan Zamora, Sahuarita police have taken nine reports of package theft within the past month.
"Prior to this holiday season, such thefts were quite rare, but it is apparent that it is now a trend in the Sahuarita and [the] Green Valley area," said Zamora.
Zamora also said they recently received a report of a vehicle following a delivery truck that was delivering packages in the same area, but responding officers were unable to locate the vehicle.
"Sahuarita officers are spending more time in neighborhoods and encourage citizens to be cognizant of unfamiliar people and vehicles in their neighborhoods," Zamora said.
Shelby Kelland recently moved into the Rancho Sahuarita neighborhood and said she's had packages stolen from her front porch twice since she's moved in.
"We ordered our custom-made Christmas stockings from Etsy.com and they have the embroidered in gold and our names," she said. "It was supposed to be here on [Nov.] 28th but ... they're gone."
Jeff Kaber, also a Rancho Sahuarita resident, ordered more than $300 worth of parts he needed for a brewery he's opening up soon in Tucson -- all of which were stolen. He also said this isn't something he sees in the area often.
"I've left my garage door open on occasions and nothing's ever happened," Kaber said. "To come home and kind of see this happen is just kind of unsettling. Just kind of made me think about what we're doing. Actually, the night that it happened, I went and bought cameras and started installing so that way if this ever did happen, I can at least be able to see who did it."
The Sahuarita Investigations Bureau has been in contact with U.S. Postal Service inspectors. They've worked with them in the past to apprehend criminals involved in mail theft.
Theft of mail is a federal offense, and will be prosecuted.
"Members of the public are encouraged to be aware of when packages are being delivered so that they can be home to receive them, or to make arrangements if possible to pick them up at the post office or parcel service delivery center," Zamora said.
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