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Dec 18, 2017 7:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Police Arrest Couple Accused Of Stealing Packages From Hampton Bays Homes

A man was caught on video taking packages from a Hampton Bays home on Monday.
Dec 19, 2017 11:52 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11 a.m.

Southampton Town Police put out a press release announcing they have caught two people in connection with stealing packages from front porches.

Police said Pasquale Decicco, 37, of Bridgehampton and Christen Fleming, 34, of Bridgehampton were arrested by Town Police after receiving a call from a victim about packages being stolen from their porch.

Additional packages belonging to two other victims were found in the vehicle Mr. Decicco and Ms. Fleming were in, police said.

Mr. Decicco was charged with three counts of petit larceny and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all misdemeanors. He was taken to Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays where he was processed and held for arraignment.

Ms. Fleming was charged with one count of petit larceny and released with a ticket to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A man stole packages from a home in Hampton Bays on Monday, and was caught on camera during the burglary.

Amber Otto, 32, who works as a construction project manager, said her husband purchased an Arlo Camera System—a small WIFI camera that is motion triggered and works off a battery—nearly a week ago. The system, she said, sends notifications to her phone whenever the motion sensor is triggered.

On Monday morning, Ms. Otto said, she received a notification at about 9 a.m., and saw packages she had ordered being delivered to her Argonne Road West home close to the Hampton Bays Library. Then at 11:03 a.m., she got another notification, and saw a man in a blue hoodie sweatshirt get out of a sedan and walk up to her porch. The man, who was smoking a cigarette at the time, then stole the packages and drove off.

The video was posted on Facebook, and spread quickly. Ms. Otto said she heard the Southampton Town Police caught the man and that they have her packages, though when asked about it on Monday evening, the police would not confirm.

Ms. Otto said the instance has forced her to come up with another solution when it comes to having her packages delivered.

“I’d like to think we couldn’t be robbed twice,” Ms. Otto said. “I think we’ll have packages sent to work.”

Police would not comment on the incident, other than to say it was still an ongoing investigation.

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