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Authorities looking to ID east Forsyth package theft suspect

EAST FORSYTH — In light of a recent package theft from outside an east Forsyth home, authorities are seeking residents’ help identifying the suspect and in taking precautions to keep deliveries safe during the holiday season.

An unknown white man was caught on camera between 3:15 and 3:20 p.m. Dec. 3 taking a package of connectors from the front step of a home on Roanoke Road, off Buford Dam Road.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, he was wearing brown work boots, woodland camouflage pants and a grey hooded sweatshirt with an unknown design on the front.

He then was seen walking around the home and toward the back of the property, taking two trail cameras that were strapped to trees.

He was last seen heading for the power line right of way between Roanoke Drive and Dartmouth Place in the Princeton Trace subdivision.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Robin Regan said anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to send the agency a private message or to call the non-emergency number at (770) 781-2222.

Residents also are asked to avoid placing names in comments sections on social media to prevent false accusations.

Package thefts typically increase this time of the year, with more people ordering items to be delivered for the holiday season.

To keep deliveries safe, residents should have packages sent to their homes only when they know they will be there, Regan said. If not, have them sent to a neighbor, friend or relative who will be home.

Possibly the best option is to have deliveries sent to the workplace during work hours and make sure somebody has to sign for them, authorities said.

“If you see something suspicious, call 911 immediately and don’t wait to call it in … later on,” Regan said. “It’s something we want to know immediately, and we don’t ever want people to think they’re bothering us.

“Some people have been giving Facebook tips and reporting online. Call 911, so we can know right away and send a deputy out there.”