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As such thefts increase around the holidays, police offer tips on how to prevent them

Forest Grove Police Officers have arrested Enrique L. Torres, 35, for a package theft that occurred Friday, Nov. 17, in the 1000 block of Goff Road.

Torres was caught on surveillance video allegedly stealing a package off the front porch.

ENRIQUE TORRESThe theft victim posted the surveillance video on social media and the Forest Grove Police Department subsequently received multiple anonymous tips identifying the suspect as Torres. They learned Torres was already in the Washington County Jail, held on an unrelated theft charge.

Torres is charged with theft in the second degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. Officers also followed up on an unrelated April 2017 theft and charged Torres for theft in the third degree related to that incident.

Reports of packages stolen from driveways and front porches in Forest Grove have increased recently. About six package thefts were reported in the last week, according to Forest Grove Police.

Such thefts have historically increased this time of year with more package deliveries in general around the holidays, according to Forest Grove Police Sgt. Mike Hall. The thefts have been happening all over the city and are not isolated to one area. Hall believes more than one suspect is likely responsible. Officers made a separate arrest Monday, Nov. 13, related to such thefts.

The Forest Grove Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact police at 503-629-0111 and encouraging local residents to:

n Leave delivery instructions to hide packages out of sight;

n Hide packages in vehicles in trunks or under cover;

n Schedule deliveries for when someone is home or arrange for a trusted acquaintance to pick up the package;

n Have packages delivered to a workplace or post office box;

n Keep doorways well lit;

n Report any suspicious activity in neighborhoods; and

n report packages that were marked as delivered but never showed up.

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