Police: Package thief has hit 19 homes…and counting

Crime Stoppers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – A crime synonymous with Christmastime is picking up in Lexington…package thefts.

Last Tuesday, Lexington Police had nine reported thefts. By the end of the week there were 14 and the most recent count stands at 19.

Detectives say most reports come from all up and down Richmond Road, both inside and outside New Circle.

“I didn’t know how many, but I figured there were quite a few,” said Tarla Dearinger, one of the package theft victims.

She says the man captured on her doorbell camera looked too comfortable to be a first time offender.

“It looked like he tapped on the door to see if anybody would come and when they didn’t, he picked the box up, took it out to his car in the street, loaded it up in the backseat and drove away,” Dearinger said.

Dearinger, who lives on Pleasant Pointe Dr. gets her doorbell alerts on her cell phone. They’re usually triggered, she says, by a neighborhood animal or kids playing outside. Except last month one of those notifications was telling her that the new $400 kitchen sink she had delivered had just been swiped.

There are plenty of stories like hers. Lexington Police have photos of the same man picking up packages on at least nine nearby streets. One of the packages taken contained toys meant for a Make-A-Wish child.

“The video and pictures are really good of the individuals doing this,” said Det. Anthony Delimpo.

Police say the man seen on camera is working with someone else who drives the getaway car. He’s been seen getting in and out of three different vehicles.

If you recognize him, call the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers tip line at 253-2020 or log onto p3tips.com.

Your anonymous information could earn you up to a $1,000 reward.

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