Arrest prompts tips to prevent theft of delivered packages

MARYSVILLE — It’s known as “porch poaching” in the delivery business.

And the poachers are on the prowl these days.

“During the holiday season there is definitely a spike in package thefts,” said Jeremy Leder, an inspector with the U.S. Postal Service in Seattle.

At this time of year, thieves know that they’re likely to be stealing gifts, which can be more valuable than boxes they might pilfer at other times of the year.

On Monday, Marysville police caught up with a suspected package poacher. They arrested the Lake Stevens woman, 31, for investigation of theft, possession of stolen property and narcotics possession.

The victim reported the theft of the package to police late Monday morning. He discovered it while reviewing home security video. The theft occurred Nov. 16 from his front porch. The thief was a blond haired woman driving a small white sport utility vehicle.

A Seattle television station aired the footage, which led to a tip. On Monday night, Everett police notified Marysville police they had detained the suspect in the Everett Mall parking lot while investigating a package theft in that city earlier in the day.

The suspect’s SUV was impounded while police were seeking a search warrant.

“It’s truly unfortunate, but the Christmas season brings about an increase in package thefts,” said Marysville police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux. “People definitely need to be wary of what valuables they are having delivered and left on their porch.”

Leder, of the U.S. Postal Service, recommends finding alternatives for those who know a package will be arriving while they are gone.

Those options include having packages mailed to a work address, having them sent to a friend who is home during the day or having a neighbor pick them up. Calls also can be made to local post offices to hold packages for a later pickup.

Neighbors who spot anything suspicious should call police, he said.

This is a particularly busy time for the Postal Service. From Thanksgiving to Jan. 1, it expects to deliver more than 590 million packages.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

More in Local News

A car drives by Everett Station where Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin's proposal for its ARPA funds includes funding a child care center at station. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald) 20211118
Council approves lease for Bezos Academy at Everett Station

The preschool will be tuition-free. “I just know how darned important it is,” Councilmember Liz Vogeli said.

Jesse Spitzer (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)
Wanted man fled from Gold Bar to Idaho, police say

Jesse Spitzer, 30, who has a history of violence against officers, is wanted for felonies in two states.

Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, left, speaks on the floor of the Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., during debate on a measure that would delay implementation of a long-term care program and the payroll tax that pays for it. The Senate passed the measure, which was passed by the House last week, and Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the measure on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Delay of Washington’s long-term-care program signed into law

The bill addresses concerns about the program’s solvency and criticism about elements of the underlying law.

Police: Marysville Pilchuck student arrested for wielding knife

Neither of the students involved in the Wednesday morning fight was injured, police reported.

Police looking for Mukilteo bank robber, seeking tips

The man appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s, white, slender, about 5-foot-8, with dark blond hair.

Registered nurse Estella Wilmarth tends to a patient in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Past the omicron peak? Snohomish County’s COVID cases declining

Hospitalizations are still a concern, however, and infections in Eastern Washington and Idaho could have ripple effects here.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
‘White saviorhood’: Mukilteo schools end ‘Mockingbird’ requirement

The book is not banned in the school district. The last book brought before the school board was by Maya Angelou.

Funko mascots Freddy Funko roll past on a conveyor belt in the Pop! Factory of the company's new flagship store on Aug. 18, 2017.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Despite Arizona move, Everett leaders expect Funko HQ to stay

The toymaker is closing Everett warehouses. But a recent “HQ2” expansion has the city confident Funko will remain rooted here.

Anthony Boggess
Man charged with first-degree murder for killing of Marysville roommate

Anthony Boggess, 30, reportedly claimed “demons” told him to hurt people. He’s accused of killing James Thrower, 65.

Most Read