What began as a singular package theft call in The Leader’s local neighborhood has opened back up at least a dozen potential unsolved cases unfolding in a similar manner.
Suspects Terrell Trayham, 24, and Stephanie Jones, 25, were arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and charged with package theft after Precinct One deputies were dispatched to the 800 block of West 41st Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle. And now, if you live in the Heights, Garden Oaks, and Shepherd Park, Precinct One is asking for help connecting the two suspects to additional thefts in the area.
According to Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen, deputies responding to the call in West 41st Street heard from the caller that a silver Mercedes had taken off from a home in the neighborhood with a large package in the backseat. After deputies caught the vehicle for a traffic stop in the 500 block of W. 30th Street, packages were found in their vehicle, after which both suspects confessed to taking packages and the packages were returned.
“We try to use these cases as an opportunity to find out if there are additional victims and people who have not had packages arrive, so we can connect these two individuals to package thefts in the area,” Rosen said. “We also want to say that when ordering things online, we recommend [people] get those packages delivered to a neighbor who is home or at work so they know the packages are safe and secure.”
Deputies believe the suspects can be connected to at least a dozen package thefts in Shepherd Park Plaza, Garden Oaks, Heights, and Candlelight Plaza just over the last 30 days.
Though this type of crime tends to spike up around the holiday season – when many are ordering gifts online – Rosen said it remains a year-round type of incident. In many cases, he said, perpetrators tend to follow delivery trucks and wait to see the driver get out with a large item.
“We just need people to be vigilant when they see these vehicles. Don’t get involved, but contact law enforcement and alert them [to a potential crime],” he said. “A lot of these cases are being solved because people have all these security technologies that has enabled us to catch these guys and clear up a lot of outstanding cases.”
If residents or their neighbors have seen these suspects and/or have any additional video surveillance to provide in helping deputies connect the suspects to other crimes, they are asked to contact Cpl. Joe Bowden at Joseph.Bowden@cn1.hctx.net.
No matter how small or insignificant it may have been, if you’re missing a package, Rosen said it remains vital to contact the office.
For now, Trayham and Jones have been charged with Class A misdemeanors for theft in the case, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison if convicted. Should additional incidents connected to the suspects, charges will be upgraded in accordance with the monetary value of items stolen.