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East Elmhurst Man Charged With Four Incidents Of Package Theft From Doorsteps

Queens DA Richard Brown

Queens DA Richard Brown

Dec. 24, 2015 Staff Report

An East Elmhurst man has been charged in four separate incidents of swiping packages from Queens doorsteps in one afternoon.

The 26-year-old Astoria Boulevard resident, Frank Garcia, allegedly walked down 47th Street Tuesday afternoon removing packages that had been delivered to doorsteps and placing them in a pushcart, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The charges state that police recovered the cart and found an assortment of packages containing curtains, lotion bottles, a purse and a Bluetooth speaker, among others, Brown said.

At the time of his arrest, Garcia allegedly stated to police that he took the packages because he was out of work and it is Christmas season.

He faces up to a year in jail.

“When people place mail orders, they do not expect their delivered packages to be brazenly stolen off their doorstep by somebody acting like the Dr. Seuss’ character in the book ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” as the defendant is accused of doing in this case,’ Brown said in a statement.

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4 incidents meaning 4 separate victims and he only faces 1 year (that’s at a max, which will not happen). Ball bat to the head would be a far greater deterrent. Petit Larceny makes the DA a petit joke.


I think I saw this guy on 23 Ave. I wish they had his picture. On Tuesday, I noticed two men (one was wearing a hoodie and had a pushcart with a black garbage bag and the other older man was holding a big carton package). What was odd is that i saw the younger one by a flight of entrance steps and something was tossed to him which he quickly shoved in the garbage bag, that is when i saw the older man come down the steps. I was in a hurry and i assumed they were picking up laundry or that they were the guys that deliver the weekly circulars. However, when i realized it was Tuesday and not Wednesday (regular circular day) I turned my head and they were gone from the avenue and already crossing the street. Should of trusted my instincts and called the cops, glad someone else did.


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