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Milpitas Police Seek Help Identifying Package Thieves

In the past few days, some Milpitas residents have not received their expected Amazon packages. Reason being, a trio of unknown suspects were going around Centre Point Drive’s 1500 block and stealing packages from porches…

Though no people witnessed the string of crimes, residential security cameras did. Here’s what the cameras picked up, across five total incidents:

In three of the five crimes, the vehicle involved was a black four-door sedan. It was driven by a Hispanic male in his 20s or as old as 30, the clothes of whom changed from incident to incident. Along with him has been an African-American female (20 to 30), who was wearing white pants and a tan shirt when last recorded. They have been joined by a Filpino male (20-30, 5’7”-5’9”, 160-175 pounds), who when last recorded had on a blue and yellow ball cap, a black and silver watch, dark shorts, black and white Nikes, a short-sleeved white hoodie (brand: Karl Lagerfeld), and black sunglasses. 

The Milpitas Police Department (MPD) has turned to the public for help in identifying these three suspects. In the meantime, in a press release, MPD offered the following advice:

“We would also like to remind our residents to consider having packages delivered to their workplace or to the home of a relative/neighbor/friend who is home during on the delivery date. Online retailers, such as Amazon, allow for packages to be delivered to Amazon Hub Lockers, plus they offer their Prime customers to choose, Amazon Day, which allows you to pick your delivery date.” 

In addition, they wrote to Milpitas residents: “…we are inviting you to register your privately-owned security camera systems to help us solve crimes. As crimes occur, we may be able to use information from footage gathered from your security cameras to assist in our investigations. By registering your security cameras, the Milpitas Police Department can quickly assess whether any security cameras are in the vicinity of a reported crime, which will allow officers to request residents or businesses to review their camera footage to help identify suspects or additional leads. If you would like to register your security camera system, go to www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/cameraregistry and follow the registration instructions. The Police Department will not have access to your security camera system. Camera footage is provided solely at the camera owner’s discretion.” 

In the meantime, those with more info regarding these crimes can call the MPD openly (408-586-2400) or anonymously (408-586-2500), or write in through their website: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip.



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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