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Police investigating stolen packages in New Haven

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© The following photo of Michael Sykes was provided by the New Haven Police Department. © The following photo of Michael Sykes was provided by the New Haven Police Department.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police in New Haven arrested a homeless man, who is accused of  stealing packages off of people's doorsteps in the area south of Humphrey Street.

Police say Michael Sykes, 48, was easy to identify because he uses a silver cane.

Police thought getting Sykes off the street would solve the issue, however, it has continued.

Officers were called back to the area minutes later for a report that someone else nabbed a package around 3:30 p.m. in the Clark Street area Monday. 

Neighbors said they believe Sykes was working with a partner. They've been putting out decoy boxes in hopes of deterring thieves.

Police have also stepped up patrols.

Investigators have released the following tips on protecting residents' property:

  • Use the tracking information provided by the carrier to anticipate a delivery. Often you can request a delivery time or window when it's convenient.
  • If you are unable to receive the delivery, you may be able to request it be picked up at their facility rather than having it delivered.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to collect it for you if it's delivered while you're out.
  • If a delivery driver notices he's being followed or there's someone suspicious lurking in the area, call the police.
  • Report suspicious people and activity not only to police, but to your neighbors.

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