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Stolen packages found in dumpster at park

At about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 21, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy B.J. Welch responded to a call that a county employee had found packages from 11 Suwanee and Cumming residences in a dumpster at Joint Venture Park. 

According to the incident report, Thomas Lowry of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation had found the packages that morning. He said the dumpster had been empty as of 2:30 p.m. the previous day. 

Welch stated that on closer inspection, the packages were found to contain an assortment of items: Christmas cards, electronic equipment, an American Girl Doll set, an Ohio State flag, Bath and Body Works candles, a Harry and David fruit and candy box and several pieces of clothing. Other packages had been emptied.

According to another report by Deputy Forney of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the packages were allegedly stolen from seven residences in Suwanee and four residences in Cumming, at some point the previous evening.

No suspect in the thefts has yet been identified. 

According to Cpl. Pete Sabella, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, there are two good ways of protecting packages delivered to the home during holidays.

The first is to make sure that someone will be home to receive packages or send them to the recipient’s place of business where each can be received during the day time.

The second is to use a delivery service that will allow customized delivery options, so one can pick a delivery time when someone will be home, reducing the time packages spend unattended. 

“The biggest issue is that a package is dropped off at 10 a.m. and just sitting there all day for someone to see, and that’s when they get taken,” Sabella said