QUINCY (CBS) – It’s not safe to leave packages on doorsteps in Quincy at this time of year.

Police arrested a father and his daughter Tuesday and later caught a UPS worker and charged all of them with stealing deliveries in separate incidents.

It all began when officers were called to a home on Freeman Street just before 5 p.m. after a package containing a Panasonic speaker system was stolen there. The victim gave police a description of a pick-up truck that left the scene and investigators pulled it over a short time later.

They say the driver, 58-year-old Michael Ritchie, had the stolen system with him.

Police then questioned his 19-year-old daughter Jennifer at her home and found several packages they believe were stolen from porches in North Quincy.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

The Ritchies were charged with larceny over $250.

Later in the day, there was a report of another incident, this time involving a UPS worker.

UPS security called police because they were concerned about suspicious activity by one of their part-time runners who deliver packages from trucks to homes.

michael mcclellan Dad, Daughter, UPS Worker Accused Of Stealing Packages From Quincy Homes

Michael McClellan (Quincy Police photo)

They confronted 30-year-old Michael McClellan and found stolen property in his personal bag in the truck.

They also found more unopened packages that McClellan had hidden in the woods, Quincy Police Capt. John Dougan told WBZ-TV.

He was charged with larceny over $250 and larceny from a common carrier.

Police say McClellan has a long criminal record

Two people were also arrested for stealing packages from doorsteps in Somerville Tuesday.

Comments (11)
  1. justme says:

    it’s nice that a family can do things together for the holidays

    1. yikes says:

      when you look like that, all you have is family :(

  2. taxedout says:

    Good looking group!!! I’m sure thier out already and working at FedEX

  3. redneck joe says:

    why in the world would ups Hire him with a long criminal record??????????
    Go figure!! the $250.00 fine is Not HARSH Enough!!!!!

    1. KF4766 says:

      He was charged with “Larceny over $250” not fined $250.

  4. just me says:

    Don’t trust UPS as far as you can throw them. I have signs on a building at the front of my property that say it is not my house. All Deliveries go to the house at the end of back of the drive way. They leave them at the front of the property saying it is the left at the front door. repeated calls have done nothing! UPS doesn’t listen. I think they leave them up front to steal them later. I’ve had packages stolen and they don’t care. I’ve been in shipping for 22 years and UPS is about the worst when it comes to this sort of thing.

  5. jaygee says:

    The mere thought of a “father” taking his daughter out to steal packages from people’s homes is beyond sickening. Where, might I ask, was the mother? Perhaps on line trying to sell the pilfered articles. Sorry, but the laws are much too lenient. Either give thieves some jail time or bring back the stocks in front of city hall.

  6. Denise says:

    This problem could be solved in some instances if ALL of the delivery companies would knock or ring the bell. I have had numerous packages left outside while I waited inside for the delivery. If these companies took the time to do their job correctly maybe more packages would not be left for these crooks!!!!

  7. web says:

    I don’t know how some people can go to sleep at night. UPS just misdelivered a package to my house, the outside of the box was labeled (it was a large, expensive shipment)..I immediately called the intended recipient to tell her I had her package. My first instinct. I wouldn’t consider keeping it, never mind going door to door taking things. Our “right” and “wrong” barometers just don’t exist much anymore.

  8. hole says:

    sickos, mcclellan should be locked up for life, are they just waiting for him to shoot a cop?

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