Packages Stolen Off Doorsteps In Charlestown

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

CHARLESTOWN (CBS) — Boston police are warning residents of a holiday scrooge in Charlestown who is stealing packages from people’s front doors.

Police say in some cases, the thief is actually signing for the deliveries.

Investigators say they are targeting packages from the US Postal Service, Fed Ex and UPS.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

In Charlestown, some people were shocked to hear about this real-life Grinch. John Benson tells WBZ, “It’s a shame that it’s come to that. People used to have more respect for each others’ gifts and each other’s rights. If we’re getting so busy and desperate, that’s a real loss for civilization, especially in the Christmas season.”

The Cavilla’s say they’re not surprised, which is why they have all of their packages delivered to work. “There is usually no entranceway to leave a package, so you’re just leaving it out on the stairs and it’s very tempting for people,” said Amy Cavilla.

Her husband Bob gets his packages sent to the office. “They get sent to my office and the UPS guy laughs at me. Every package gets sent to my work.”

The US Postal Service says you can protect yourself by arranging to pick up packages at the post office, or arranging for a friend or neighbor to pick up packages at your home.

If you’re convicted of stealing mail, you could face up to five years in federal prison, and a $250,000 fine.

  • cynic

    When making a comment when you click on submit comment it disappaers and everything goes back to the beginning of the story…….Why is is? Does anyone else have this problem?

  • cynic

    I would like to comment on the nature of this article but after five attempts I have come to the conclusion that my opinion doesn’t meet with WBZ’s approval.

  • cynic

    I have figured it out….Comments on the Demographics of Charlestown are not allowed.

  • Cynic

    Charlestown used to be nice…people could afford to live there.

  • Cyinc

    $35,000.00 homes are now going for 1/2-3/4 Million….I wonder who drove the prices up.

  • cynic

    I wonder if it is the same crowd that complains that the Cannon Fire from the Constitution distrubes thier Sunday morning sleep.

  • Cynic

    What has the owrld come to when a person can’t even get thier package from Bonwit-Teller or Shrieve,crump and Low

  • scooby

    Cynic is funny…But neighbors, if there are any must look out for one another

  • Atilla the Nun

    Grabbing folk’s packages right on their doorsteps ..who do these thieves are?….TSA employees?

    • Don

      thanks, gave me a laugh this cold morning in Virginia!

  • harndime

    urban decay east coast is the worst. suffer suckers

  • Linda B

    The Christmas Season is a time to PACK YOUR PISTOLS~!

  • Linda B

    I carry all year long, everywhere I go!!!

    • alleycat

      I hope your aim is good and right for the head!

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  • Chris

    Who-TF are the “Cavilla’s”? Do you mean “the Cavillas” or do you mean “the Cavilla’s house”? Get your apostrophe’s (sic!) straight!

    • TravlnTexan

      Too bad you are more concerned with the spelling/grammar/punctuation than the content…I think that’s why Obama got elected.

  • irishsmile

    Truly, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

  • Patriot

    probably done by some i-l-l-e-g-a-l…..

  • eanmdphd

    Unless the delivery driver knows someone, perhaps it is reasonable to take a photo of the person who is signing for the parcel. It would not bother me to have my photo taken if it keeps crime away from my doorstep.

    As far as leaving packages on the doorstep / in the hallway, I suggest that packages over a certain value not be left anywhere.

  • Amy

    I just discovered it looks like I was a victim of theft as well. I have two packages that I just found out today were delivered to my house in South Boston that I never received. This is the last straw for me, time to get a gun license.

    • Dave

      I license to get a gun???? LOL

    • Texas Guy

      You might as well ask for a license to be theft free. Or a license to not have crime in you life.

      It’s Boston. The State of Massachusetts has already decided that issue for you.

      You deserve the representation you elect.

    • thedummyfromthebackoftheclass

      Get an LTC in Boston??? are you kidding???you have a better chance of seeing the Loch Ness monster swim up the Charles…

  • cynic

    Were these “Suspicious Packages”? Maybe The FBI has them.

    • Amy

      Well there was a watch in one of them and if it came in working order should have been ticking :). Ya know, I have had UPS leave packages on our door step listing completely the wrong address. One of them was a 9600 diamond ring!! My husband had been waiting for a delivery and automatically opened it (thinking that was what he was waiting for)…to his surprise (and my extreme disappointment that it wasn’t intended for me), it was a gorgeous engagement ring. We were able to track down it’s rightful owner who was sweating bullets waiting for the ring to arrive so he could propose to his fiance in Hawaii. That’s why having these two gifts stolen from me is particularly painful. :(

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  • Dave

    Sorry, came across this article while surfing. Didn’t know there were still places where you have to have a license to have a gun. I guess Nevada is still the wild, wild west.

  • Wee -Willy -Winkie

    What can brown do for you?

    • Texas Guy

      Steal your packages for you. Nice pun!

  • jmcaul

    It would be really easy for a dishonest person to follow Fedex, UPS or Postal Service delivery vans this time of year in neighborhoods during the day and then after they drop something off at a home, go up to the door and take the package. I sent a Christmas care package to my son last year via UPS. The delivery driver said they delivered it, but it wasn’t there when he got to the house. This has also happened to two co-workers.

  • zone

    Hope robber gets the “special” delivery he really deserves. Would be glad to contribute myself if I could be sure only he got it.

  • Dennis D

    Whats the big deal? Its just redistribution of wealth like Obamacare.

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