Crime Report | Package thefts continue in Piedmont

Package thefts continue to plague Piedmont with three reported on the crime log for the week ending August 7.

On July 31, multiple packages were stolen from a residence on Valant Place. The reporting party said the theft took place around 5:30 p.m. A white Nissan with tinted windows was reported to have pulled into the driveway with a suspect then taking the packages, worth about $300.

Also on July 31, a report came in saying two men in a older model gray Toyota had stolen packages from an address on Grand Avenue.

On August 1, a package worth $50 was reportedly stolen from a front porch on Blair Avenue.

Two deer caught in fences were reported, one a fawn. Both were freed without further incident.

Piedmont Police Captain Chris Monahan agreed that package theft reports might be more common during the pandemic.

“I would guess more people are ordering from home for safety, but with more residents at home, the chances for apprehension seems higher than normal,” Captain Monahan said.

He added that package thieves are being cited and released as only those accused of more serious crimes are currently being held in Santa Rita jail.

An Amazon truck allegedly hit a garage door around 9:45 on the morning of August 7. A neighbor saw the incident on Lorita Avenue and the driver returned to the house after police were called.

On July 31 around 8:45 p.m., a U.S. Postal Service carrier flagged down a police car to report that a group of kids had hopped a fence to go on the Beach Play Field. Earlier that evening, a report came in of people playing soccer after hours at the field.

On August 1, a group playing soccer at the Linda Playground were reported around 4:40 p.m. A report came in just before midnight on August 4-5 about people on the tennis courts on Vista Avenue.

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