December 18, 2015 – MPD Update: Recovered Packages

MPD Update: Recovered Packages

We have recently recovered a large number of packages which were likely stolen from peoples’ homes in the metro area. If you have not already reported stolen packages to the MPD please do so, along with a description of what was inside so we can see if we have recovered it. You can report a theft with a loss of up to $1000 through the online report system at or up to $5000 by calling 311 (612.673.3000 from outside of the city).

Please note: there’s no guarantee we have recovered your loss, and if there is no suspect description for your case our Property Crimes unit may not be able to assign an investigator. However, know that all reports can always be assigned later if new information comes in that could lead to a suspect/charge so it’s always important to report.

If you do report a package theft and want to email me your case number I will keep a list which I will send to the Property Crimes investigators who are assigned cases tied to the recovered packages.


We are hoping we can get more suspect descriptions on who is stealing these packages. Please call 911 at the time you see suspicious activity! If you are able to safely get a license plate and vehicle description (and/or description of the person) that is extremely helpful. If you have seen suspicious activity related to package thefts and want to get me that description/license plate info, please email me. If you call 911 on suspicious activity related to package thefts, you can also shoot me an email afterward with the date/time/location of the call and I will look it up and recover any license plates or other info you provided to 911 at the time, and get that as an FYI to our Property Crimes unit.


Please see attached for information in English and Spanish on how to try to prevent package delivery theft. We sent this out on our e-alert list recently so you may have already received it. If you are not already signed up to receive crime trend alerts through we recommend you sign up, as you may be missing important trend information. Also check the carrier which delivered your package, or the company you ordered from, to see if they have a process for filing a claim for a lost or stolen package. You may be able to get a refund.

Please get this information to your neighbors, as we want to make sure we can find the owners of these missing packages if at all possible, and not everyone knows to report it to MPD.


Finally, a quick reminder: as a block leader/contact, you get first dibs on a number of really interesting, informative workshops in the city, which you can attend for free. You probably already got information on this but in case you didn’t, check out:

Thank you for your time and all that you do! Please feel free to contact me with further questions or concerns.

Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct
3101 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-673-5407 .