BELLE CHASSE, LA (WVUE) - It's the crime that all on-line shoppers worry over, especially at this time of the year - having their packages stolen from their front porch after they are delivered. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Gerald A. Turlich Jr. says they've made an arrest of a 20-year-old man who he says was targeting homeowners in one neighborhood and may be connected to other cases in New Orleans.
Desmond Javon Adams of New Orleans is facing four counts of theft. An investigation conducted by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office (PPSO) determined that on or about November 9th and 10th, Adams stole packages that had been delivered by private, package delivery companies to four residences in the Springwood subdivision in Belle Chasse.
Detectives subsequently developed Adams as a suspect in the crimes and obtained a warrant of arrest for him on December 2nd. He was arrested by PPSO detectives on December 7th and booked on four counts of theft under $750. He remains in custody at the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center without bond with a magistrate hearing set for December 9th.
Adams is also suspected in similar crimes in Orleans Parish. Plaquemines detectives are assisting NOPD investigators in solving those crimes.
Citizens with who may have had packages stolen and not reported it or have additional information on the crimes is asked to contact PPSO Detective Sergeant Paul Durnin at 504-564-2525.
During the holiday season, the PPSO advises residents to be aware of delivery packages being stolen from homes. With the holidays quickly approaching, Sheriff Turlich is offering the following safety tips to protect yourself from a home delivery theft:
• Send the package to the residence of a trusted friend or relative who you know will be home. Be sure that they will be ready and waiting to retrieve the package when the doorbell rings.
• Ask the package delivery company to hold the package if you will not be home (many have local delivery centers). While we can't promise that this service is available, there are companies that will hold a package for up to 5 days.
• Request that your package is marked "signature required." This requires the delivery person to stand by and wait until you're available to retrieve the package. You could also put a note on your door,requesting the deliverer go to your next door neighbor for the signature.
• Leave special instructions on where to deliver the package. A good place is on the side or back of thehouse, so that the package is out of sight from the road. Ask the delivery person to take and discard the note with him/her or leave it with the package.
• Use a company that provides a tracking service and check online to see when your package is scheduled to arrive.
• Have the items shipped to the nearest store for "in-store pick up."
• If you have an understanding boss, have your packages delivered to you at work.
• Post a warning sign. Signs for security systems can be a great deterrent for thieves.
• Consider downloadinga the company's mobile app, which gives package recipients the ability to electronically sign for a package, request a vacation hold or choose hold at store location.