Though the time for gift giving has come and gone, some Towson residents are finding that gifts themselves did the same before they could be enjoyed by their rightful recipients.
In line with an increasing national trend, some Towson families fell victim to thieves stealing packages left on their doorsteps this holiday season.
A pair of thefts had been formally reported to the Baltimore County Police Department as of Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, but other suspected thefts have been discussed online on message boards and community websites such as the Forge Flyer.
According to county police, two UPS packages containing two Playstation 3 games, two cookie presses, a camera and camera bag were stolen from in front of a house in the 400 block of Overbook Road on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Witnesses who reported the theft to the police said that two black males were seen leaving the scene in a teal Dodge Intrepid with temporary plates.
Additionally, police said a package containing lacrosse clothing was reported stolen from the 100 block of Midhurst Road in Towson. That incident occurred Friday, Dec. 16, but was not reported to police until Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Police spokeswoman Cathy Batton encouraged residents to take advantage of online tracking services offered by delivery companies to help determine if packages are simply late, or missing, and to report thefts as soon as they occur to allow police to effectively investigate them.
And though the heavy package season is over, Batton encouraged residents to take precautions to prevent against such thefts all year long.
"If you know a package is going to be delivered, you can also have plans made to have it delivered to a neighbor you know will be home, so you can avoid that problem completely," Batton said.