Updated on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10 p.m.
Flossmoor police identified 19-year-old Carlton A. Lewis of the 3500 block of Golfview Ln. in Hazel Crest and 20-year-old Michael I. Anyiwo of the 1000 block of S. Western Ave. as the two men responsible for stealing packages from residents' doorsteps on Dec. 5.
Both Lewis and Marcus each received the following charges:
- Four counts of theft
- Resisting arrest
Flossmoor police identified two teens allegedly responsible for stealing delivered packages from residents’ front doors on the afternoon of Dec. 5, according to Deputy Chief Mike Pulec.
Pulec says police were called to the 2600 block of Wallace Dr. around 2:30 p.m. and found two teens matching the reported description of the thieves.
As an officer approached the two, one of the teens sprinted off, Pulec said. The officer chased the teen. Meanwhile, the other teen moved from the scene but was recovered and arrested just off of the 1000 block of Western Ave. The teen that ran off was never caught, but officers say they’ve determined an identity.
Charges against both individuals are still pending.
Pulec said they recovered most of the stolen packages near the immediate area, but some may still be missing. Police are asking residents living on or near the 2600 block of Wallace Dr. to be mindful of any stolen packages that may be lying around. If you happen to recover any of the stolen property, please report it to Flossmoor Police at 708-957-4500.
Flossmoor police offered these tips to avoid your own experience with parcel theft:
- Check with the delivery service to ask if they can leave the package at a side or back door instead of being visible at the front door.
- Alert neighbors of expected deliveries and ask them to hold the package for you or place it inside your garage or other area where it is not visible to would-be thieves.
- Keep up with the delivery of your package with its tracking number, which will give you an expected delivery date.
- Consider requesting that valuable items require a signature at time of delivery.
- Consider having valuable items insured.
- Consider having packages delivered to another location where someone is more likely to be present during delivery. For example, your workplace or a friend or family member's home.
- Notify the police department immediately if you see anything suspicious.
- Be a good witness by providing accurate information on suspicious persons and/or vehicles to include plate numbers, vehicle color and suspect description.