Suspect steals packages from Colonie homes

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Updated: 12/12/2013 10:48 pm

COLONIE, N.Y. -- The Colonie Police Department is releasing photos of a suspect and vehicle wanted in connection with the theft of a package off the doorstep of a Boght Road residence. 

The images were captured by the homeowner's surveillance system when the theft occurred on December 3, at 3:12 p.m. 

According to police, there have been seven other reported package thefts in the Town of Colonie since November 22. The thefts took place during the business hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and have occurred on the following streets: Boght Road, Windrose Way, Corina Court, Dutch Meadows Drive, Wakefield Lane, and Peachtree Lane. With the exception of Peachtree Lane, the streets are in the northern section of town. 

Colonie Police believe the suspect from the Boght Road incident is responsible for all thefts in the North Central Colonie area.

"It appears that he pulls up, exits his vehicle, walks up to the front door, takes the packages and leaves, it's a very quick process," said Lieutenant Robert Winn with the Colonie Police Department.

Amit Chakraborti lives in the neighborhood where several of the thefts have happened.

"This is the first I've heard of some packages being left outside and people are taking it," he said.

Chakraborti said he and his wife are now worried that they won't be home when a package will be delivered to their house.

"'Cause sometimes I leave the packages outside and I never had problem," he continued.

Chakraborti also believes that the person stealing the packages is not from the area.

Police insist that until the person responsible for stealing these packages is caught, residents should take extra precaution.

"The recommendation is to request a signature so that, that package cannot be left there unless someone from that residence signs for it," suggests Lieutenant Winn.

Another recommendation is to track the package online if you are expecting it, to ensure you know when it should be arriving. 

So far, police say the thief has made off with an IPhone, two MacBook pros, and a large exercise bike, but also a Swiffer duster. So they believe the crimes are crimes of opportunities and not people being targeted.

The stolen packages had been sent by UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service and included a variety of items from a plastic shelving unit to electronics. 

The suspect is a white male with sunglasses and dressed all in black and a black winter knit cap. The vehicle is a Silver Hyundai Elantra four door sedan.  Anyone that recognizes the suspect or vehicle or has not reported a suspected stolen package is urged to contact the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744. 

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