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Modern day 'Grinch' stealing packages from homes

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police sending warnings to residents after certain communities are victims of a brazen thief.

Thieves targeting packages left unattended on front porches across the city.

Officer Craig Allen says "while the people are at work the criminals are at work cruising the neighborhoods and taking those packages."

CMPD needs your help in finding this modern day Grinch. The suspect is also stealing mail.

"They are just cruising during the daytimes mostly following the mail trucks looking for gift cards, any type of Christmas cards that have been sent, they may have money or gift cards in them," says Officer Allen.

Frances Ringley is a resident at Candelwyck Subdivision near Ballantyne one of the neighborhoods targeted.

She's surprised at how bold the thieves have been in her community.

"These are all dead-end streets so for anyone to even venture down here that's pretty rare," said Rigley.

But she's doing something about it.

"I sent out an email to tell all our neighbors just to be on the lookout," said Rigley.

Authorities also have some tips you can work with to safeguard your packages.

"Have a neighbor come pick it up, have the delivery people leave a note and then go to the facility to pick it up from the delivery person," recommends Allen.

Police also suggest you have your packages delivered to your job or place of business during the day time.

That way you know for sure no one else is getting your mail.

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