NYPD Officers Stop Grinch from Stealing Christmas

L to R: PO Post, PO Zimbardi, PO Snipp, PO Murphy

“It’s hard when you see no regard for the holiday season or people’s presents,” said Sergeant Jason Forgione of the 107 Precinct Anti-crime Team.

“The biggest reward was getting people back their holiday gifts.”

A group of NYPD police officers stopped a ‘Grinch’ from stealing holiday packages left on the doorsteps of Queens homes. On Monday December 4, members of the 107 Precinct’s Anti-crime Team responded to a 911 call of someone stealing boxes from the front of a home near Jewel Avenue and 138 Street. As they arrived, the police officers observed a man carrying packages to a double parked black Honda.

After speaking with the suspect they determined that the man had stolen the items and he was placed under arrest. His vehicle was impounded and numerous holiday packages with address labels still attached were recovered. In total, 16 package thefts across three precincts in Queens were attributed to the man. The police officers were able to return toys, clothing, cookware and other items to their owners after tracking them down by using the attached address labels.

“We had received numerous community complaints about packages being stolen from the front of homes recently,” said Sergeant Forgione.

“We gathered surveillance video from the area, and noticed a black car. So when we saw the black Honda, we knew we had the right guy.”

Arrested: Male 25

Charges:

  • Petit Larceny (16 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property