Stolen packages on the rise warn Montgomery County police

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Germantown, Md. — The Montgomery County Police Department is warning residents that incidents of package thefts are on the rise.

The department is trying to return more than 50 items recovered during two busts over the last two weeks. According to Capt. David Gillespie, investigators have been able to close a total of six cases over the last six weeks.

Gillespie said it’s hard to assign a total dollar value on the stolen goods but it’s easy to see how much the recovery of the packages mean to those who are retrieving their belongings in time for Christmas.

“What’s more important is the sentimental value,” said Gillespie. “Watching the victims come and get the items they have ordered you see the impact that it's had on them like somebody violated them as they walked on the doorstep and took their property.”

Police said one way to avoid being targeted by thieves is to have packages sent to your work address, to the post office, to a neighbor or ensure you’re home when packages are delivered.

If you feel like one of your packages may have been recovered by the Montgomery County Police Department you can contact the Montgomery County Police Department at (240)773-6247.