Detectives Investigate Package Theft in Germantown; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect who stole a package from the porch of a home in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the September 25 theft of a package from the front porch of a home in Germantown.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.  Detectives believe that this suspect may have also committed a theft from a vehicle at a residence on the same street during the same time period.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 2:45 a.m. on September 25, the suspect walked onto the porch of a home located in the 18900 block of Fountain Hills Drive.  The suspect tried the handle of the front door of the home, found it locked, and then stole the package.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6263. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents of ways to ensure that packages are delivered to them safely and securely:

Choose A Delivery Address Wisely

Choose to Have Package Delivered to An Attended Location

When you order something online, consider sending the package to a place where you know someone will be available to receive it – your workplace or a friend or neighbor’s home.

Choose to Have Package Delivered to Carrier Location

Have your deliveries sent to the nearest shipping company center. Many shipping carriers will hold the package for up to five days.

Choose In-Store Pick Up

Many retailers provide the option of purchasing an item online and picking it up at the nearest retail location.

Know When Your Package Will Be Delivered – Sign Up For Notification Services

Many shipment companies offer services to help you track your deliveries by receiving text messages or an e-mail. You can then plan on being home at the time of delivery or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by the delivery location and retrieve the package.

After receiving a notification alert and you determine that you won’t be home, many carriers allow you to re-route your shipment to another location or to the carrier’s facility for later pick-up.

Require A Signature

Many shipping companies offer a service that requires a signature for a package to be released.

Provide Delivery Instructions

Many carriers allow residents to provide instructions on where the deliveries should be placed at the home (side porch, garage door, etc.)

Insure Your Package

Consider insuring your package. Contact your chosen mail carrier for coverage policies and requirements.

The Department urges residents who shop online to follow these guidelines to help ensure their packages arrive safely.