Opelousas-area latest target for package thieves

ST. LANDRY PARISH, La (KLFY) – Package thefts are on the rise across Acadiana and now thieves are even targeting homes in St. Landry Parish. The sheriff says they’ve investigated at least two cases of package thefts so far this holiday season.

“We definitely have a lot of this going on around this time of year,” said St. Landry Parish Sheriff, Bobby Guidroz.

A man was caught on camera getting away with two packages from a home on Plantation Rd. last Wednesday.

Sheriff Guidroz says the homeowner notified authorities after catching the culprit in action on their surveillance camera.

“We do know who the suspect is,” said Sheriff Guidroz. “We’ve not caught up with him yet, but we’re out there looking for him right now.”

Sheriff Guidroz says at least two other people–male and female–were in the getaway car, and once identified he says they will be charged as well.

More and more of these types of thefts are starting to take place, and a UPS store representative says drivers are already on high alert.

“Drivers know the areas; some areas they will leave on doorsteps, but if it’s a high incident area where they’ve had many incidents, then they will stop or discontinue leaving packages,” said UPS Stores Area Development Manager, Eddie Bodin.

Bodin says homeowners have two options on how they can receive packages. One way–the UPS My Choice program.

“There are some rules and regulations, but you can have that package shipped to a safer environment such as the UPS store,” said Bodin.

The second option involves using UPS Access Points.

“When you place an order you can elect to have your package shipped to a local UPS store,” said Bodin. “You’ll get email notifications, you can track the package, you get step by step where that package is in the system.”

With this option, Bodin says customers have up to three days to pick up their package from a UPS store before it’s returned to the sender.

Either way, both options ensure your package being delivered to a safe place.

Theft of a package can result in a misdemeanor charge, however, if the merchandise is valued over $500 you’ll face a felony charge.

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