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Police warn of package stealing Grinch

Source: SCMPD Source: SCMPD
Source: SCMPD Source: SCMPD

The Grinch who stole Christmas at work in the Coastal Empire? Savannah-Chatham Metro police say thieves are taking packages delivered to houses.

With Christmas just a little more than a week away, police say watch out for the package Grinch.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a black man in his 50's, who has been spotted on camera stealing packages from houses in downtown Savannah. He has been seen riding a bicycle while carrying packages. Police say he sometimes wears a green jacket that appears to belong to a city employee.

Packages left on doorsteps can be an easy target for crooks who follow letter carriers and steal what's left on the porch.

"There is some fear that someone is following the trucks around," said Julian Miller, SCMPD Public Information Officer. "Be on the look out for it. If you are expecting a package, maybe ask a neighbor to be on the lookout for it and take it in for you."

Police say over the past month they have received nearly 10 reports of items stolen.

Here are some Tips to avoid package theft:

  • Request a signature confirmation with items ordered
  • Check online expected delivery date of item being shipped
  • Request for your letter carrier to leave a notice if no one is at home and take package back to the post office for customer pick up Report mail theft by calling 1-877-876-2455 or online at
  • Retrieve mail as soon as possible after delivery; don't leave it for hours or overnight.
  • If a mail receptacle has a locking device, make sure it works. Apartment boxes should be maintained by the landlord.
  • Report any suspicious activity to local police or Postal Inspector. Suspicious activity may be someone following the letter carrier, attempting to break into a postal vehicle or tampering with mail.
  • Report non-receipt of valuable mail as soon as possible by calling banks, credit card issuers and the Postal Inspection Service.
The Postal Service is projecting 15.2 billion cards, letters and packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
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