ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - St. Paul police have arrested three people they believe are responsible for a string of 19 package thefts in the Highland Park area since the beginning of December.
Nicole Collins-Kwong was feeding her son in the living room of her home on Wednesday when she spotted someone running through her front yard with the train table and piggy bank she had ordered on amazon for her older son.
"It’s infuriating. I felt violated like they came into my house even though they didn't; that they stole something so personal,” Collins-Kwong told Fox 9.
After memorizing the thieves’ license plate number and calling police, officers told her they were already in the area looking for the same car connected with two other thefts. When police caught up to the car less than a mile away, they found Taylor Ivy, Alexandria Martin and Janece Strickland along with several packages investigators believe they had been stealing from doorsteps around the neighborhood.
All three St. Paul women were arrested for felony theft. They have not yet been charged.
"A lot of these thieves are looking for opportunities,” St. Paul police spokesperson Sgt. Mike Ernster said. “They are not necessarily following trucks but they see them working the neighborhood. When they get the chance they'll do a grid pattern to start going and collecting packages from those doorsteps."
Police suggest having packages delivered to your work, a P.O. box or even a neighbor’s house, anything to avoid giving thieves an early Christmas present.