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Packages stolen off Ruby Hill porches found empty on undeveloped lot

Police warn residents to take steps to prevent package theft

A bundle of packages meant as holiday gifts and general deliveries for Ruby Hill residents were found last Saturday in an empty lot.

Five packages were found after the owner of an undeveloped lot on Winding Oaks Drive in Pleasanton went by the property around 1 p.m. on Dec. 19 and found the packages open and empty, Pleasanton police stated.

Three packages belonged to a homeowner on Zenato Place, and two belonged to residents on Ruby Hill Drive.

The Zenato Place resident told police two of the packages were personal deliveries, and one was a gift, so he didn't know the contents of that box. The other two boxes contained $408 worth of merchandise, including a specialized sprinkler system, raw Amish honey, Lindt dark chocolate bars, koi fish food and other items, according to police.

The other boxes contained a Legos set and books of an unspecified amount.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Monday, and the items had not been retrieved.

Law enforcement officials encourage the public to be aware that thieves can steal unattended packages off doorsteps, and they may target affluent areas.

To protect items, ask for UPS or FedEx employees to require a signature when delivering items, have items delivered to a work address or alter USPS delivery instructions when away from home for an extended time. For example, one can request USPS to hold a package at a local post office branch when out of town through the postal service's "package intercept" service.

Residents going out of town can also request USPS to hold their mail until they return. Instructions are available at www.usps.gov.

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