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Covert package theft investigation launched by Hartford police

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Hartford police said they've been trying to keep an eye on your holiday packages since Cyber Monday.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley said officers initiated a covert package theft investigation in the west end of the city that included dedicated detectives, officers and technology.

He said that while it's been very successful, it's still ongoing.

"We have made arrests, obtained detailed confessions and video evidence and even recovered stolen packages," Foley said in a Facebook post to the community. "But we have identified other suspects who have yet to be captured."

In the confessions, Foley said the suspects claimed to have specifically targeted victims based on their wealth and the likelihood that the packages would be valuable.

"I ask that you continue to use any and all secure delivery options available," he said. "Also, we love security cameras, as this has already helped our investigators a great deal."

He did offer advice to folks still expecting packages before the holidays:

  • Keep tabs of the tracking number.
  • Request a "signature delivery" option.
  • Request a specific drop off time.
  • Arrange to pick up the packages at the shipping service.
  • Ask for packages to be left at a side or back door.
  • Have the packages delivered to a relative or neighbor who can accept them.
  • Have the packages delivered to a retail store for pickup.
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for packages.

Residents are bothered by the thefts.

"It's frustrating when you order something and you have to worry about whether you'll be home in time to get it," Kristine Heenan, of Hartford, said.

 Thieves have become more brazen. In some cases, people have walked up to homes in broad daylight.

"There's no need to do that a lot of times it's gifts and that's not nice especially this time of year," Heenan said.

Foley said he would not discuss the specifics of the investigation because it will continue through the holidays.

He asked residents to dial 911 if they notice anything suspicious.

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