Pleasanton police officials are urging people to take necessary precautions when expecting holiday deliveries in the wake of two alleged package thieves being nabbed on the south side of the city over the weekend.
Police credited an attentive neighbor with providing key assistance during the investigation Sunday afternoon, which unfolded after the neighbor witnessed a woman take a package from the front porch of a residence on Junipero Street.
The woman then got into a black, four-door Mercedes Benz driven by a man, according to police.
Officers searched the area and found the vehicle parked on San Carlos Way. The two suspects were located nearby, and the Mercedes was found to be stolen from Hayward, according to police.
Officers arrested the 25-year-old woman and 26-year-old man, both from Hayward, on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime, and both were booked into custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. The pair's names are being withheld in accordance with Embarcadero Media's policy on identifying arrestees before prosecutors file formal charges.
"This type of crime is common, especially during the holiday season. Make sure you are taking appropriate steps to keep your deliveries safe," police said in posting about Sunday's incident on the department's social media accounts.
They offered the following tips for package safety:
* Track your package (many places allow you to sign up for alerts), note the anticipated delivery date and ask a trusted neighbor to pick it up.
* Consider using an Amazon Locker if you are an Amazon shopper. There are several locations in town.
* If possible, have packages delivered to work.
* Install security devices in your front porch area or wherever you accept deliveries. This can be theft deterrent boxes to place/lock deliveries in or cameras that capture activity.
* Finally, if you see something, say something. Sometimes being an attentive neighbor is the best gift you can give.