HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) - Howard County police have charged an Essex man who was caught on video stealing packages that had just been delivered to a Columbia home.

Kenneth Randolph Sheehan, Jr., 41, of 526 Franklin Ave., was charged in an arrest warrant with theft. A resident who lives in the 6200 block of Tamar Drive captured the crime with his video surveillance system. The packages had been left at the residence by UPS around 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 28. Moments later, the security video shows a green Subaru station wagon had pulled into the driveway. A suspect was seen on the video getting out of the car and taking the delivered packages from the front door area of the

The man carried the packages, placed them in the station wagon and drove away.

Police released photos of the man to the public and received a tip that led them to Sheehan as the suspect. Sheehan
was recently charged by another jurisdiction with committing the same crime. He will face Howard County's charges
following those charges.

Police remind residents to review their holiday purchases and shipments to determine if any packages are missing.
If you have shipped a gift to a family member, confirm with the recipient that it has arrived. If the delivery company
reports that the package was delivered, but you believe it may have been stolen, take the following steps:

• Check the back or side door to see if the delivery was left at another location. Check with neighbors to see if
the package was delivered to the wrong address.
• Call the delivery company to confirm it was delivered.
• Report the incident to police by calling 410-313-2200.
To prevent thefts, police encourage residents to follow these tips:
• Track shipments, and try to be home when they are scheduled to arrive.
• If you won't be home, have the shipment delivered to your work, if possible, or ask the delivery company to leave the package in a discreet location, such as a back door.
• Ask a neighbor to take the package inside until you get home.
• Be aware of suspicious people and vehicles. Delivery drivers are asked to be aware of vehicles following
• If you notice suspicious behavior, call 911 immediately. Make note of any vehicle's make, model, tag number
and direction of travel.

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