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3 Teens Charged With Swiping Packages On Long Island

Police: Teens Kept Items They Liked, Tossed The Rest In The Street
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Three teenage boys have been arrested for allegedly stealing packages from homes on Long Island.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported Saturday, authorities said the three teens from Queens spent their Friday not in school, but on their bicycles trailing UPS trucks making deliveries in Franklin Square and Elmont.

The suspects then allegedly ran up to the homes and stole the packages.

After opening the boxes, police said the teens kept items they liked – including shoes, DVDs, a DVD player, CDs and books, and tossed the other items in the streets.

The suspects – Akil John, 16; John Lee, 16; and Vladimir Felix, 17 – were all arrested and charged with adults with seven counts each of petit larceny, according to a Newsday report.

One resident saw the teens being arrested.

“I don’t have packages delivered to me here,” the resident said. “I might have it delivered to one of my brothers’ houses and then just go get it at some point.”

Authorities warned that if you are not going to be home when packages are delivered, a neighbor who is home should pick up the items. Alternately, authorities advised that items should be delivered instead to your workplace so they are not stolen.

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