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String of package thefts investigated, Malverne police say

Malverne police said the van above has been

Malverne police said the van above has been used in the recent theft of packages delivered to the front doors of residences in the village as well as in Rockville Centre, Valley Stream and Elmont. Credit: Malverne Police Department

The man seemed like a gift giver as he left a package recently at the front door of homes in and around Malverne.

It turns out, whoever he is, the man appears less interested in brightening someone’s holiday season and more focused on ruining it.

The package he’s been leaving is nothing more than a ruse, a box filled with old clothes, shoes or garbage, police said. But he doesn’t leave empty-handed, instead walking off with whatever was delivered and left out front of the targeted home, police said.

The thefts have occurred “numerous times” in the past few weeks in Malverne, Rockville Centre, Valley Stream and Elmont, Malverne police said.

The suspect, or suspects traveled in a white Chevrolet van, police said, with “a circular rear window on the rear passenger side,” and New York plates.

Police have not said what types of items were stolen or the number of thefts reported.

Malverne police are asking any residents of the village or nearby communities to call them at (516) 599-3141 to report any suspicious activity.

— With Lisa Irizarry

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