Richmond police: suspect wanted in connection with stolen packages

Published: Apr. 20, 2017 at 2:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2017 at 11:41 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police have received several reports of stolen packages in the Jahnke Road, Westover Hills, and the George Wythe High School area.

Police say a suspect was seen in the Jahnke Road area.

"It started with him offering to do yard work for her," explained Marvise Brinson.

Brinson has been following a conversation on the Midlothian Next Door page after a woman posted a picture of the suspect, saying she tried to track him down before calling police.

Brinson lives near George Wythe High School and says she has also had a package stolen from her home recently.

"I got confirmation that I received the merchandise but when I got home there was no merchandise," she said.

Brinson said she contacted police, as well as the Post Office, and soon realized she was not the only person missing packages in the area. Brinson is frustrated that someone would walk onto her property and up to her door, because most of the time, deliveries are left in between her front door and a screen door.

"Just feeling like your privacy has been invaded, they came on the property they opened the door to get the items," she explained. "It doesn't make you feel very secure."

Brinson says she now has all of her packages delivered to a distribution center or Post Office instead of her front door, hoping to avoid more theft.

Detectives throughout the city would like to remind residents to:

  • Consider having packages delivered to your place of employment
  • Ask a family member or trusted neighbor to receive your parcels
  • Pick up packages at a local distribution center
  • Request signature on delivery
  • If they see suspicious activity - call 911

Anyone with any information is asked to call Third Precinct Detective Matthew Sacksteder at (804) 646-1068.

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