STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two Stamford teens were charged with stealing packages off of porches and breaking into a home on Hope Street on Monday, according to police.
Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Hope Street Monday afternoon on several reports of packages being stolen and a house being broken into, police said. One homeowner managed to capture CCTV video of a young black male entering his porch and stealing a J. Crew package, according to police. He sent the footage to the officers investigating the call, police said.
At around 1:30 p.m. Stamford Officer Lund saw a 15-year-old male fitting the description of the person seen in the video. The teen was carrying a backpack and was detained, police said. According to police he had several proceeds from the original larceny, and several unreported larcenies and a burglary.
Stamford police continued to receive calls from the area throughout the afternoon about packages being stolen off of front steps. Police also investigated a burglary where someone broke into a residence by smashing a living room window and stealing a laptop, police said.
The 15-year-old who had been detained by Lund had the laptop, according to police reports. He was interviewed with his guardian and admitted his involvement in the larceny spree, police said.
After interviewing witnesses, police determined that the 15-year-old had worked with an accomplice, and the Stamford Youth Bureau was able to identify a 17-year-old who was complicit in the incident, police said.
The Youth Bureau reached out to the 17-year-old's parents and he turned himself in on Monday night, police said.
The two juveniles were charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree mischief, four counts of sixth-degree larceny, three counts of third-degree criminal trespass, and conspiracy. They were released to their parents or guardians.
Police are reminding residents to be mindful of packages left outside their homes during the holidays.
"We recommend that you take packages inside in a timely manner or have a neighbor or friend secure the package if you are not home or at work. You could also coordinate with your delivery driver to have him leave the packages behind the residence or out of sight of the roadway," police said in a statement.
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