By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SALEM — Police received two reports of stolen packages yesterday afternoon — one of which was taken right off a U.S. Postal Service truck parked on Linden Street.
Officers were dispatched to 66 Linden St. about 5 p.m. and spoke with a postal employee who said a thin black man had gone into her truck and stolen a package, according to the incident log. She had been told about the theft by a woman in a red SUV.
The suspect was seen running up Linden Street toward Loring Avenue afterward, according to the log.
“The female in the red SUV left the area and stated she would attempt to look for the male,” police wrote. “The female never returned to the scene and no information was obtained on her.”
When the postal employee returned to her truck she discovered that the suspect had also apparently taken her brown leather L.L. Bean purse containing bank cards, her identification and $315 in cash.
She told police she was unsure whose package had actually been stolen.
“She stated that the package was large and the contents were unknown,” wrote police.
The employee had actually seen the suspect when he walked by her on Linden Street shortly before the incident, according to the log. She described him as wearing a black shirt and black jeans.
The same officers who took the postal employee’s report had responded to another report of a stolen package — this one on Porter Street — less than a half-hour before.
In that incident, a man told them that a package containing a $30 children’s Halloween costume had been stolen from his porch.
“Prior to calling the police he confirmed with the Postal Service that the package was indeed delivered,” wrote police.