Police: 2 teens stole more than 30 packages from Md. front porches

D.C. is cracking down on thieves steal packages off porches and also creating safe places for people to exchange goods they buy online this holiday season. (Thinkstock)(Getty Images/Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON — Two teens have been charged with stealing dozens of packages from front porches across Prince George’s County in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The teens targeted homes in Largo and Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Prince George’s County police said. Among the stolen packages were toys purchased for children, police said. Most of the items have been returned to their intended owners, authorities said.

Police said the two 17-year-olds are being charged as juveniles and did not release their names.

Police said they identified the two teens after the pair was captured on multiple home surveillance systems pilfering the packages.

Police said they typically see an increase in package thefts around Christmas.

Authorities offered a number of tips to help cut back on package thefts. Residents should consider picking up items in the store or have them delivered to their workplace, have a neighbor keep an out or require a signature upon delivery.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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