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News Release

Thursday, April 16, 2020

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Theft Detectives are reminding citizens about the presence of parcel thefts during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Saturday April 11, 2020, a delivery truck making deliveries in the Melrose district is followed by an unknown suspect who removes the parcels after the driver leaves.

The vehicle is described as a late 1990's Mercury Mountaineer with no or unknown plates and the suspect seen on the video is described as a male White or Hispanic 5'-10" in height 200 to 220 pounds in weight and between 30 to 40 years of age.

During subsequent interviews with delivery personnel it was discovered that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, drivers have been encouraged and or instructed not to touch door knobs, gate latches or any surface that could be frequently touched by another person. The packages are placed near the side walk making it easier for the suspects to approach and remove the package.

LAPD Detectives would like to remind employees of delivery companies to be aware of their surroundings. If one thinks they're being followed, divert your route to confirm a vehicle is indeed following the delivery truck then notify the Police.

For community members, LAPD Detectives encourage alternate delivery locations that are more secure (such as picking up the package from the post office), delivering to your place of employment or installing a secure delivery box that can secure the delivered package.

Anyone with information is urged to call Wilshire Theft Detective Edward Griffin at (213) 922-8251. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.