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Flossmoor Holiday Parcel Thieves to Face Charges

The two individuals have been identified by police and are awaiting charges for stealing delivery packages.

Updated on Dec. 6, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Flossmoor police identified 19-year-old Carlton A. Lewis of the 3500 block of Golfview Ln. in Hazel Crest and 20-year-old Michael I. Anyiwo of the 1000 block of S. Western Ave. as the two men responsible for stealing packages from residents' doorsteps on Dec. 5.

Both Lewis and Marcus each received the following charges:

  • Four counts of theft
  • Resisting arrest

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Flossmoor police identified two teens allegedly responsible for stealing delivered packages from residents’ front doors on the afternoon of Dec. 5, according to Deputy Chief Mike Pulec. 

Pulec says police were called to the 2600 block of Wallace Dr. around 2:30 p.m. and found two teens matching the reported description of the thieves.

As an officer approached the two, one of the teens sprinted off, Pulec said. The officer chased the teen. Meanwhile, the other teen moved from the scene but was recovered and arrested just off of the 1000 block of Western Ave. The teen that ran off was never caught, but officers say they’ve determined an identity.

Charges against both individuals are still pending.

Pulec said they recovered most of the stolen packages near the immediate area, but some may still be missing. Police are asking residents living on or near the 2600 block of Wallace Dr. to be mindful of any stolen packages that may be lying around. If you happen to recover any of the stolen property, please report it to Flossmoor Police at 708-957-4500.  

Flossmoor police offered these tips to avoid your own experience with parcel theft:

  • Check with the delivery service to ask if they can leave the package at a side or back door instead of being visible at the front door.
  • Alert neighbors of expected deliveries and ask them to hold the package for you or place it inside your garage or other area where it is not visible to would-be thieves.
  • Keep up with the delivery of your package with its tracking number, which will give you an expected delivery date.
  • Consider requesting that valuable items require a signature at time of delivery.
  • Consider having valuable items insured.
  • Consider having packages delivered to another location where someone is more likely to be present during delivery.  For example, your workplace or a friend or family member's home.
  • Notify the police department immediately if you see anything suspicious.
  • Be a good witness by providing accurate information on suspicious persons and/or vehicles to include plate numbers, vehicle color and suspect description.
me December 08, 2012 at 03:38 AM
First of all you don’t know the entire story! I am not justifying what they did but it was a poor choice and isolated incident for at least one of the guys! Keep drinking the Kool-Aid yeah a very ignorant statement which I’m sure is coming from a very ignorant person!
Common Sense Club December 08, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Yes, I do know the entire story, I read it the same as you; some people did something illegal and were arrested. Bitter much?
Juvenal December 09, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Where is the father? A "loving" home doesn't mean that values were taught, enforced, or learned.....
Concerned M December 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I would like to apologize for the unfortunate decision made by these two young men. Both ate in college and made a BAD decision. A deserving punishment. Is to go to the prison and stay there over a few days to be Scared Straight, with community service. We Need to have more activities the community for our young adults and teens to entertain them. I N
Blind Dog Fulton December 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I am sorry Concerned M but why should society be in charge of and responsible for paying for "entertaining" our youth? How about the parents entertain their children? How about natural consequences instead of excuses? Those might be two great young men, but facts are facts, they broke the law and they need to pay their debt to society. End of story.

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