In December, before the holidays, someone had a heyday stealing UPS packages from doorsteps and stoops. The police at the 76th Precinct got wind of it, and Tuesday night, an arrest was made in the case.
But, not before someone had their heart broken: A package was stolen that contained home movies that had been converted to DVD.
“Some things are worth more than money,” said Capt. Jack Lewis.
It’s not clear how many holiday packages were stolen. Lewis said the thefts were going unreported, and the police heard from a tipster.
The local commander urges residents to report any theft or crime in a timely manner.
“If you don’t report it, we can’t investigate it,” Lewis said.
And there’s more than one reason to report stolen property. NYPD headquarters assigns cops to precincts based on reported crime, said Jerry Armer, President of the 76th Precinct Community Council.
“In order to keep cops on the street…. if someone steals flowers off your stoop, we need to know about it.”