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“Dear PoPville,

Just a heads up, there’s been a rash of package thefts in the neighborhood since Tuesday. I contacted MPD and filed a report as I had 3 packages stolen yesterday, but I recommend folks stay vigilant and keep a close eye on any deliveries coming up. I hope the thief was happy with my… office supplies?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I got an Amazon package stolen from my porch within 15 minutes of delivery today.
The modus operandi is walk back and forth to make sure the package is still there, come to the door and pretend knock, hang out for a few seconds not to seem suspicious, then leave.

My husband saw the thief on the Nest app and followed him down the road, he confronted him and told him: “were you just on my porch?” – the thief was hiding the package inside his coat – to which he replied: “oh yeah, wrong house”

It wasn’t worth it getting stabbed over a package so my husband let it go. The police said the thief will probably wear the same hat, coat and/or backpack again. Please share so people are aware.”

MPD advises: Read More

“Dear PoPville,

Brazen package theft occurred in a Columbia Heights at 3:15pm today (Thursday.) One woman was observed approaching the home with her cart, presumably loaded with other stolen packages, to take a stack of packages from the front door which had been delivered by FedEx just a few minutes earlier. A man appears to be accompanying her, and serving as a lookout while she acquires the packages. Two individuals with similar physical descriptions have been previously seen in the immediate area at night searching for packages left on porches overnight.”

Ed. Note: Historically, package theft always increase as we approach the holidays. Try to pay particularly close attention to delivery alerts if you get them.

“Dear PoPville,

I had a package delivered to my apt near 3rd and Rhode Island in Shaw with some family heirlooms in it. Unfortunately it was stolen off the front porch before I had a chance to grab it. In it were 3 Japanese Kokeshi dolls amongst some other items like clothes and food. Thanks for your help.”

“This print was stolen from my mail yesterday at 16th and Columbia St NW”

Ed. Note: Please email [email protected] should you happen to come across these so I can connect you with OP.

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“Dear PoPville,

I just wanted you to be aware and maybe post that folks should be careful with deliveries these days!
I usually have deliveries made to my office which is not an option right now.

A big Chewy box was taken off of our front porch the other day – and the contents emptied and then the people had the nerve to put it out at the recycle bin. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Not all heroes wear capes. I ordered way too many Girl Scout cookies from my niece so that I could feed my entire office and also help my niece reach her cookie sale goals. The unmarked box had not even been outside my door for more than 5 minutes before a porch pirate came by. If it wasn’t for this hero who literally stopped to get out of his vehicle and prevent the theft, the box would have been stolen. I was way too confused when I came outside to understand what happened. Be on the lookout for the thief. And if you know the HERO, please let me know so I can give him proper thanks. [video of incident here.]”

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