Complaints about stolen packages in the East Hampton area led police to the arrest of a man from Portland.
Police said Jason Carrier's vehicle was caught on surveillance cameras by one of his victims.
"It happens anywhere, unfortunately," said Alice Milardo of East Hampton.
The victim told police on Tuesday that items were taken from his home in the Skyline Estates area of East Hampton.
The cameras showed a man driving a silver Subaru Impreza stop at the victim's house and steal a package that had been recently delivered.
Police said they were given a copy of the surveillance recording, which showed the license plate of the vehicle.
About two hours after receiving the complaint, officers said they found the Subaru on Waterhole Road.
They stopped the vehicle and interviewed Carrier.
"Using a recently deployed unmarked vehicle, we scoured sections of town, we were able to identify the suspect and apprehend him," said Chief Sean Cox, East Hampton police.
Carrier confessed to the crime, according to police.
He was charged with fifth-degree larceny.
Over the course of their investigation, police said they recovered $600 in stolen items from Carrier.
The items belonged to the original victim as well as a second in the same neighborhood, police said.
Anyone missing a package that was scheduled for delivery is asked to contact the East Hampton Police Department at 860-267-9922.
Court records showed that Carrier had been arrested for a similar crime in Glastonbury just five days earlier. He was released on a promise to appear in court for that case.
Cox said the surveillance footage was key in the East Hampton case.
"That was very useful; however, we would encourage folks that if they're going to be ordering packages especially during this holiday season to make arraignments with a relative who is going to be home perhaps a retired loved one, perhaps a neighbor that you're very close with to make organized arrangements," he said.
Police said they are looking into whether Carrier is connected to thefts in other towns.
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