West Inverness residents say packages were stolen
Monday, 23 December 2013 14:19

Residents of Dineen Road claim that packages left outside by mail carriers were taken off their property. photo by Ben Boehl

Police confirm one case on Dineen Road

by Ben Boehl

    The last few weeks have been a busy time for delivery services, with packages being shipped all over the country.
    Sometimes, those packages do not get to their destination.
    Sherry Holmes of West Inverness said that she had that unhappy experience. Holmes’ mother had sent a package that she said contained three quilts and some jewelry.
    Her mother is flying into town and wanted to send the gifts to her daughter instead of bringing the packages on the airplane, but they never made it to her daughter.
    “My mother is heartbroken. She spent three weeks working on those quilts for my newborn,” Holmes said.
    “The package had no monetary value for those who took it, but it [does] for the family.”
 According to Holmes, UPS reported that the package was delivered to her Dineen Road home on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 2:16 p.m., but it was nowhere to be found.
    “That time [2:16 p.m.]is the same time as school gets out [as students from Patapsco High School walk by the area], but we don’t know what happened,” she said.
    Holmes is not the only resident on Dineen to report having a package stolen.
    Another Dineen Road resident, who asked to be identified only as “Chuck,” said he went out on the afternoon of Saturday Dec. 14, and missed the mailman that day.
    He said he came home and was notified by a resident on neighboring Codd Avenue that a package addressed to Chuck was found in a trash can on Codd Avenue.
    Chuck said that wrapping remained but the contents of the package were gone.
    Since the return address had Chuck’s brother’s name, he immediately contacted his brother to learn that the package contained over $300 worth of material.
    “If it wasn’t for the man on Codd, I wouldn’t have known [it was stolen],” Chuck said.
    According to Chuck, he was told that the Codd resident also discovered another empty package in the trash that was addressed to another house on Dineen Road.
    “I don’t know if it is adults or kids that are taking these packages,” Chuck added.
    Chuck said he had already contacted the post office and filed a police report.       
    Holmes said she wants others in the area to come forward if they have any information on her case or have had packages stolen.
    “I hope people [who have been victims of theft] are making reports to police,” Holmes said. “I want to get the word out so the police have this information.”
    Louise Rogers-Feher, a spokesperson for the Baltimore County police, said that there was only one report filed and police are currently treating the complaint as “an isolated case.”
    Holmes said her mother is going to file a police report when she arrives in town, but had not as of press time.