With holiday shopping ramping up for families across the metro, package thieves are also hitting neighborhoods hard.
While a lot of them seem to get away with it, one metro area police department ended up nabbing a suspect Friday with some help from social media.
Within about three hours Friday, Rio Rancho Police was able to identify and arrest a package theft suspect who’s accused of taking deliveries from the Enchanted Hills neighborhood.
The quick work happened with the help of surveillance video. Video of the theft shows in just about ten seconds, the male suspect went up to the door of one victim’s house and took off with an Amazon package while the homeowner was inside.
“The gentlemen actually received a notification that his package had been delivered,” said Capt. Andrew Rodriguez.
The homeowner let the package sit on the porch for some time before going to get it, according to police. That’s when the package thief struck, taking the delivery around noon Thursday.
Police took screen shots of the suspect seen in the home surveillance video and posted them on the department’s Facebook page late Friday morning. About three hours after making the original post, officers received a tip and were able to make an arrest Friday afternoon.
“(The arrest) was at (the suspect’s) place of work, here in the area, and after we received identification of who he was, we were able to locate him,” said Rodriguez.
Police say the suspect was taken in on a warrant for similar larceny charges out of Bernalillo County. The police are also seeking to file additional larceny charges against the suspect for the package thefts in the Enchanted Hills area.
Rio Rancho Police didn’t identify the suspect Friday. They believe he’s connected to as many as five different package thefts in Rio Rancho.
“If people believe that they were scheduled for a delivery yesterday or even this morning and they haven’t received that delivery but have been notified that the delivery has been made, please contact police department,” said Rodriguez.
Police say they’re also still working to return the stolen packages to their owners.