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Neighbors concerned about stolen packages in the Fan

Posted at 11:41 PM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 23:41:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond police said packages have been disappearing from the front stoop of city residents in the Fan. One Fan resident told CBS 6, he's had a lot of issues with theft lately.

Sean Holloran said he hadn't had any issues with his home on Park Avenue, until recent weeks.

"We keep having packages stolen and recently had two bikes stolen out of the backyard which is not fun to come home and find," he said.

Holloran said the most recent incident happened on Saturday.

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"We had two kind of ripped open on Saturday and also a car that was parked out front and broken into, clothes were tossed, probably looking for electronics," said Holloran.

Sean said he's also not the only one dealing with issues. He said he believes his neighbors have also had packages stolen off their front porch.

Holloran filed a report with police on Tuesday. The Richmond Police Department is investigating.

With the Holidays right around the corner, police offer several tips for packages.

"If you can ship the package to where you work, you spend most of your time there," said Officer Brian Sheridan.

Officer Sheridan also recommends asking a neighbor who stays home to look out for your package or requiring a signature.

"We do as much as we can with different walking assignments, different bike assignments," said Officer Sheridan.

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To help stay alert in his neighborhood, Sean has also downloaded the app called Nextdoor, which informs him of any crime in the area. "We found a few alerts, an intruder in the backyard for example," he said.

Still, he said he hopes what happened to him can help raise awareness everywhere.

"I think it's important for them just to be on the lookout, because I've seen a lot of complaints lately," said Holloran.