Package stolen from home

Police are looking for this suspect who allegedly took a package from a Columbia home moments after it was delivered. (Photo courtesy of Howard County Police)

An Essex man has been arrested on a theft charge after video surveillance of the man stealing a package delivered to a Columbia residence was turned over to Howard County Police.

Police arrested Kenneth Randolph Sheehan Jr., 41, of the 540 block of Franklin Avenue, after receiving a tip after releasing photos of the incident, which were taken off of video surveillance footage set up outside the residence.

According to police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn, Sheehan faces one charge of theft less than $1,000 for stealing one package, which contained DVDs and video games.

Police said one package was left outside the residence by a UPS driver around 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 28. Moments later, a man was seen on the camera exiting a green Subaru station wagon, which had pulled into the driveway.

Sign up to receive our free daily email newsletter: Columbia Today

The man then took the delivered package, placed it inside his car, and drove away, police said.

Police said Sheehan is being held on similar charges in another jurisdiction.

According to online court records, Sheehan is currently facing seven counts of theft in Anne Arundel District Court.

His trial date in Anne Arundel County is set for March 7, while his trial in Howard County District Court is set for Feb. 20.

Police are asking residents to review any holiday shipments they may be expecting to determine if any of them are missing. Also, if residents have shipped gifts to family members, please check with them to ensure they received them.

If the delivery company reports that the package was delivered, but you believe it may have been stolen, take the following steps:

    •    Check all areas around the residence to see if the delivery was left at another location like a second door or in a hidden spot. Check with neighbors to see if the package was delivered to the wrong address.
    •    Call the delivery company to confirm it was delivered.
    •    Report the incident to police by calling 410-313-2200.

To prevent thefts, police encourage residents to follow these tips:

    •    Track shipments, and try to be home when they are scheduled to arrive.
    •    If you won’t be home, try to have the shipment delivered to your work or ask the delivery company to leave the package in a discreet location.
    •    Ask a neighbor to take the package inside until you get home.
    •    Be aware of suspicious people and vehicles. Delivery drivers are asked to be aware of vehicles following them.
    •    If you notice suspicious behavior, call 911 immediately. Make note of any vehicle’s make, model, tag number and direction of travel.