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Orange authorities warn of package thieves following arrest

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It can happen to anyone. You order something online, maybe a Christmas gift, it is delivered to your house but you're not home. The package just sits there for the whole world to see. Then somebody walks by takes it.

Steve Maddox was driving to his home in the Old Orange Historic District around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and someone near the intersection of 7th Street and Park Avenue caught his eye.

"I saw this gentleman walking towards me, carrying a couple of boxes. He started looking over his shoulder, left and right, like he was looking behind him to see if anyone was watching him," Maddox told 12News Thursday.

"And ultimately he ended up shaking the box to hear if he could tell what was inside," he said.

Maddox found the man's behavior odd. He decided to call the police who later found and arrested Jacoven Levi, 19, of Orange, for walking in the middle of a street that had an available sidewalk nearby. A police spokesperson said Levi later confessed to swiping two packages from the front steps of a home in the 1000 block of West Orange Avenue.

The packages were eventually returned to their rightful owner.

After a situation like this, law enforcement officials are quick to remind us to keep an eye out for anyone you don't recognize in your neighborhood and to report any suspicious activity.

"A lot of these sites that you order things from actually have the email option where you can get a notification before the delivery," said Orange County Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson.

"I know UPS, FedDx, even the Postal Service, you can schedule those deliveries around the times you're going to be home and where you actually want those packages dropped," said Hodgkinson.

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