A Waterbury neighborhood watch group is being credited with thwarting a package thief and they hope to work with police to deliver the criminal to justice.
On Friday, one of the members of the Waterbury Citizens patrol spotted a middle-aged man riding on a bicycle around the Overlook Section of the city. Neighbors told police that the man had a bunch of Amazon packages under his arm.
“He was carrying like three or four Amazon packages in his hand,” Waterbury resident Izzy Weinreb said. “Amazon's meant to be delivered to your bicycle to rise through the neighborhood.”
Seconds later, the thief pulled over and began opening up the packages on the grass.
“He starts ripping open the packages,” Weinreb said. “He's not just picking any random one. He just wants to see what's in there.”
Weinreb told police he thought that was strange, so he alerted the community watch members via text. Within minutes, six to eight neighbors surrounded the thief, who quickly ditched his bike and ran off.
The watch members then realized the packages belonged to several of their neighbors.
“Right away, different community members were piping up. ‘Hey that's my scrabble game that's my kids clothing I ordered that's my soaps that I ordered,’” Weinreb said. “It was all coming together so quickly.”
Yonah Fishman with the Waterbury Citizens Patrol said this situation is exactly why the watch was created.
“It's 100 percent what we were looking for we stopped the crime notified the police department and that's all we can hope for,” Fishman said.
Some of the stolen items include these skin care products and even children's winter clothing.
Residents of the Overlook Section said they look out for one another.
“It's the neighborhood watch and we're here for each other and that's exactly what happened,” Eli Sher, of Waterbury, said.
Police said package thefts have been reported on Hewlett Street as well as Randolph and Cables Avenues.
The neighborhood watch did snap a photo of the suspect, which they have sent to police.
Anyone with any information about the suspect is asked to call the Waterbury Police Department 203-574-6941 or the CrimeStoppers tip line at 203-755-1234. All calls will be kept confidential.
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