Police Arrest Man and Woman for Stealing Christmas Packages

Police say they found over 100 packages in the home of two Somerville residents. Detectives were working hard Tuesday night to log the allegedly stolen packages so victims could have them in time for Christmas.

Police arrested a Somerville man and woman Tuesday afternoon and charged them with receiving stolen property, according to an announcement sent by the Somerville Police Department.

The stolen property in question: Christmas packages.

According to the announcement, Somerville police have been working with other police departments in the Greater Boston area to investigate multiple reports of thieves stealing packages from porches and doorways.

The announcement notes the spike in package deliveries due to the holidays.

On Tuesday, Somerville police acted on information from the Medford Police Department and stopped a vehicle at McGrath Highway and Pearl Street that matched the description of a car suspected of being involved with package thefts in the area, the announcement says.

Police noticed the car was filled with packages, all marked for delivery to different addressees, according to the announcement. 

After arresting Manuel Sheehan, 27, and Kristen Casey, 26, charging them with receiving stolen property, police searched their Everett Avenue home, the announcement says.

In their home, police found more than 100 similar packages, believed to be stolen, according to the announcement.

The announcement says Somerville detectives were "working into the night to identify the many victims and log the stolen property so that as many items as possible can be returned in time for Christmas."

Sheehan and Casey were scheduled to be arraigned in Somerville District Court Wednesday.

Mimi Graney December 21, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Two sad Grinches. Just a plain mean thing to do. Great work by the Somerville and Medford police.
Ariel Moon December 21, 2011 at 03:54 PM
I actually did have a package stolen recently, but It wasn't the first time. My husband and I try to get packages off the porch as soon as we can, but it would be nice if we could trust the people in our community.
Amanda Kersey December 21, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Ariel, I'm sorry to hear about that. Did you file a police report, and did you decide to order the gifts again?
Patricia December 24, 2011 at 07:38 PM
This is sad for not only the people who got their stuff taken, but for the young man and woman who resorted to doing so. In court they said the male had a lengthy prior criminal history,all with similar convictions, and all related to a drug addiction. The young woman on the other hand was not known to have ever been in trouble at all prior to this. What they did was wrong, but I really hope they get the appropriate help they need, whether it be drug addiction treatment, domestic violence, or jail if necessary. Sad for all involved, imagine if one these kids were your family, how sad and ashamed you would feel for them. I'm really glad that the police were able to recover all of the stolen goods in time to get them to their rightful destinations by Christmas.
doof December 24, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Two dirt bags in serious need of help. Long jail terms are appropriate for these two sorry excuses.


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