Thief Steal Packages from Concord Home – Other Thefts Reported

December 13, 2013 11:00 am · 68 comments

With only two weeks until Christmas, thieves around Claycord are on the prowl, looking for unattended packages to snatch off doorsteps.

Several thefts have been reported, including on on Canterbury Dr. in Concord.

Two packages were delivered to my home around 10AM then around noon a man took them and sped off in a black truck with camper. My neighbor witnessed this and was able to pick up part of the license plate. “NDU”

He was tall,lean cacasian with brown hair. Concord police have been notified.

Other package thefts have been reported on Coventry Rd. and San Simeon.


1 RCC December 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I would hope with the 3 letters seen on the plate they will be caught.

2 Denise December 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM

If a neighbor can witness someone stealing a package, can that same neighbor hold the package for their neighbor so the package isn’t stolen?

As it has been stated many times, these thefts can be easily avoided with COMMON SENSE AND GOOD JUDGMENT.

3 iscoffy December 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

A package also disappeared from my porch in N. Concord (off Olivera and Port Chicago), on a day when UPS showed up much earlier than usual. A USPS package also disappeared the following day. Neither package was of significant value, but it is still frustrating.

(Note: these were not my packages, so I’m not interested in hearing how it’s all my fault.)

4 California Nightmare December 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Brace yourselves for more. Thousands of criminals have been turned loose as a result of the actions and in-actions of the Democrat controlled state legislature and governor.

5 The Mamba December 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I’m going to put out an empty cardboard box full of dog crap and a baseball bat next to the front door.

6 Shelley December 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I’m with Denise. This is getting old. If people haven’t learned by now how to avoid having your package stolen, they’ll never “get it.”

7 Sarah D December 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I would expect that in Canterbury Village…… that has never been a good area :(

8 Horse'n Around December 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Dennis and Shelly are typical. Blame the victims. How about Don’t take what’s not yours!!!!!

9 SickandTired December 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Hope the scumbag that took these pkgs is caught. I hope they are ALL caught. So sick of these crooks.

10 Canterbury December 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

It’s Christmas people, Claycord is not safe from package thieves; make sure you are home to pick them up or have a neighbor sign for them.

11 anonanonagain December 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM

@ Sarah D, I, in fact live in the Canterbury Village area and this neighborhood has changed drastically over the years. So many of the rentals owned by one in particular slumlord have been sold and remodeled and many have been bought by young families. It may have been more ghetto years ago, but things DO change!! Happy holidays to you…..

12 Canterbury December 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I Do remember you saying young families?

13 @Denise and Shelly December 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Your incessant pontificating is what’s getting old. Get over yourselves, already.

BTW, these thefts could also be avoided by catching the thieves in the act and shooting them in the head. Just saying…

14 nytemuvr December 13, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Find a nice fat rattler(or gopher snake), box him up, set on porch in USPS box…..that’ll scare the bejesus out of the thieves.

15 Steve December 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

@ Horse N Around—8

Denise (not Dennis) and Shelley aren’t blaming the victim. They’re using good judgment and logic.

The Mayor gave the same advice on a “stolen package” thread , and so did the CPD. Are you going to accuse either of blaming the victim?

Signature required, delivered to another address, having someone at your house to pick up the package, or pick up the package yourself at Fed Ex or UPS.

You obviously are clueless, and are probably victimized regularly.

16 mutts December 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Its time people planted fake packages on their doorsteps. Maybe filled with poo!

17 Kevin December 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

@ Denise and Shelley (learn how to spell Shelley)~~~~~13

Denise and Shelley are right on the money. I have zero empathy for crimes that could easily be avoided.

You want to “shoot them in the head” for petty theft?

You’re a moron, or you have mental health issues. Or both.

These are crimes of opportunity. Quit giving them the opportunity, and THERE IS NO CRIME!!!!!!

18 Horse'n Around December 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

@ Steve. Nope sorry. Never had a package stolen and not a victim. Just tired of hearing people say, it’s your fault for having a package delivered. Or, It’s your fault for wanting to go for a hike and leaving your car unattended. It’s your fault for putting decorations or anything of value in the front of your house. I grew up in Concord. I know the days of May Berry are over, but I know that I shouldn’t have to worry about people taking what’s not there’s. And definitely not have people tell me it’s my fault.

19 Mitch December 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

@ Horse N Around……..#18

If people wouldn’t set themselves up to be victims, you wouldn’t have to read it on Claycord.

Like Steve said, the mayor gave the same advice on how not to be victimized. So you’re accusing him of blaming the victim too.

You say you “shouldn’t have to worry about people taking what’s not theirs”. In today’s society, you do have to worry about it.

You need a wakeup call, Polyana. If you leave packages on your porch all day, it is your fault for being so stupid.

If you don’t want to take the mayors advice, or Concord PD, fine. Be stupid about, and get ripped off.

20 Cowellian December 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

So Mitch, was it your fault that your car got stolen?

21 Mitch December 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

@ #20

I’ve never had my car stolen. I use a club. If it wasn’t clubbed, would I blame myself? I would, and so would my wife.

My second car is a Honda, and they’re stolen more often. But we live in a low crime town. That would be Lafayette.

Are you making any money Cowellian?

22 Santa Clause December 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

If only someone would have had cameras set up to get a video of the guy steeling the packages! Everybody needs to take it easy too. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to catch an &$$hole that is steeling Christmas presents off people’s porches. And I don’t think people should be called stupid because they didn’t use good judgment and listen to the ” “MAYOR” (wooptie doo) LOL!! So don’t be so cynical people! Don’t want to name any names (Mitch, Steve, Denise, and Shelley. LOL BTW that’s a weird way to spell Shelley. Ok that’s all hope the oboe mentioned don’t have anything stolen from them! Oh that’s right they won’t cause they’re smarter than the rest of us!

23 Horse'n Around December 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

You guys crack me up. Start putting the blame where it belongs in the first place. With the thieves. It saddens me to read so many comments on Claycord, that sound as if people are more on the side of the criminals. Besides, what if your friend, family member whatever decided to mail you a gift as a surprise and didn’t tell you it was coming. They drop it off at your door and someone’s steals it. Wouldn’t you feel mad or upset that someone took something from you?

24 mika December 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

What good are cameras if you can’t ID the thief?

25 Go Elf-YourSelf Mitch December 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Thank you Santa! At least someone is looking out for the good people of Claycord! If you would have sent the packages down the chimney this wouldn’t be a problem, but… Amazon dot com has cursed us all. Mitch sounds like the type of guy that would find someones wallet, pull all the money out then throw it in the garbage. Sounds like he could use a hug too! Happy Holiday’s Mr. Gr-Mintch!!

26 Cowellian December 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Ah! It must have been the other Mitch.

27 @Mitch December 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM

What if your car got stolen, even with the club? (Yes, a thief can cut through your steering wheel and remove the club in about ten seconds.) Would it then be your fault for not having an alarm or a boot, or a chain? Does taking one additional meaningless step to prevent theft magically absolve you of any fault, or would you still be to blame for not doing everything you could have?

28 Sounds to be about time for a "Bait Box".... December 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

filled with a spring loaded slurry of putrifying dog feces lubricated with curddled buttermilk….a facefull of this slop and our thief will be retching until his bowels are hanging out of his mouth…

29 Maryanne December 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

So now you guys are going after Mitch in Lafayette. The other day it was Frank in Lafayette, but several people stuck up for Frank, men and women both. Before that it was Angelica who lives in WC, but I think she was originally from Danville or Malibu. I guess at Christmas time more than any other time of year, envy towards those who better off financially, and being very bitter about it really comes out.

The only reason people don’t go after Cassandra and Danielle is because they give so much to charity, so I guess they’re “nice rich ladies.”

I really have no opinion on stolen packages, and I rarely order online, but your pathetic attacks at those who are more fortunate than you makes you look bad, not them.

I don’t ever remember Mitch saying he had a car stolen. There probably is more than one name of a lot of people on here, but I don’t remember anyone.

I read Claycord all the time (since 2008) but I rarely comment because all people seem to do is attack each other.

I really don’t know how the Mayor reads all these comments.

And I do remember the Mayor saying the same thing as the commenters you’re attacking. Have someone sign for it, have it delivered elsewhere, or have someone at your home.

So why are you attacking others when the Mayor shares the opinion of Shelley, Denise, Mitch, etc.?

it doesn’t mean you’re blaming the victim. These are suggestions to follow to keep from being victimized. There’s a difference.

if people want to attack me now, that’s okay. We have our young grandchildren for the weekend, and my husband and I will be busy doing other things.

God bless.

30 Cowellian December 13, 2013 at 9:13 PM
31 feliz navidad December 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

@ cowellian****30

i think you need to get a life. you are the claycord bully. didn’t that mitch live in ph? like he’s the only mitch in the country. poor champagne kitty was harassed by a friend of hers on here. killjoy needs to get a life too. you must really have a boring life to live across the country and still hang out on claycord day and night. maybe you need to get a job too. i’m Mexican and I hope you don’t harass minorities too. I think you just like being mean, and I think it’s sad. feliz navidad.

32 @Marianne December 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM

It’s called having a discussion. You’re obviously too sensitive for such things.

33 Claire December 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Cowellian (30)

I think that’s a different Mitch. The Mitch that blogs on Claycord has said that he’s in his 50′s. The guy in the stolen car story had a girlfriend, not a wife, and I think he lived in an apt. in Walnut Creek or Pleasant Hill, not Lafayette.

34 Craig December 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM


There’s a big difference between ‘having a discussion” and harassing people. I’m not saying you harass people, but there’s a lot of it going on.

Cowellian dragging an old story about a guy who’s car was stolen? Like there’s only one Mitch on Planet Earth.

People who “claim to be friends” even harass each other. Killjoy and Champagne Kitty. With friends like that, who needs enemies.

Marianne sounds like a very nice lady. I can see why she reads the stories on Claycord, but chooses not to post comments. Until tonight anyway.

But I have noticed that the Mayor has made suggestions regarding not having your package stolen, especially at Christmas time, yet when others make the same comments, they’re attacked.

The put some dog poop on the porch mentality is very childish.

35 Sunnymoon December 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Came home today to 2 large packages in front of my door. Would it hurt to put them a little to the side? Glad they were not stolen – thief would have 26 lbs of Blue Buffalo dog food for Xmas.

36 Farawayhelp December 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Mr. Mayor why doesn’t concord pd and walnut creek pd do a sting operation with packages and gps locators. Track these package stealers arrest them and put them on house arrest once jails are over crowded. It’s not that hard to snag a thief.

37 Telling it Like it Is December 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Maryanne (#29) spells out Claycord pretty loud and clear.

38 nytemuvr December 14, 2013 at 12:52 AM

@feliz navidad December 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

@ cowellian****30
i think you need to get a life…..

You can take the boys out of north California, but ya can’t take the north California out of the boys. Hope you get coal in your stocking…..

39 @36 December 14, 2013 at 6:47 AM

When I suggested bait packages with a camera to catch the thief in the act, I was called a moron and accused of childish, illogical thinking. Funny, nobody rushed to my defense.

To others,
Just because the “mayor” suggests something, that doesn’t make it the be-all end-all solution. It doesn’t even necessarily make it correct. The “mayor” is just a person, not a god(dess).

40 Cowellian December 14, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I have a pretty good life, and Claycord is a part of it. And I have a job. Actually, I have a lot of jobs, but none of them come with a paycheck. But I do get to set my own hours.

Merry Christmas, y’all.

41 Mitch December 14, 2013 at 9:32 AM

@ Cowellian—30

That’s not my car. My wife and I have kids older than him.

I graduated from Concord High in the 70′s.

None of your jobs have a paycheck? Are you retired?

42 Mitch December 14, 2013 at 9:36 AM


You’re right, they Mayor is just a person. But he seems like a logical person, and he agrees with the CPD and others on here on how “not to have your packages stolen.”

If nobody is coming to your defense, it’s because people aren’t agreeing with your logic. When people make suggestions on how not to have a package stolen, perhaps it will keep someone from having a Christmas gift stolen.

The world would be boring if we were “all the same.”

43 @Mitch December 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

You’re exactly right. The world would be boring if we were all the same. And I certainly don’t expect everybody to agree with me on everything. I guess the difference between me and some of those other people is that I don’t call them derogatory names when they don’t agree with me.

Example: I think a Club is worthless for actually preventing car theft. But I won’t call you a moron for buying and using one.

My ideas aren’t “right” any more than yours or the “mayor’s”. They’re just ideas. Funny that so many of the self-proclaimed “educated” bunch are so closed-minded when it comes to any thoughts that don’t mirror theirs.

To be honest, I’m not even offended by it. They’re just words on a screen that some people take way too seriously. If anything, I’m amused.

44 Lisa December 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM

I’m with Steve, Denise, Shelley, Mitch, Craig and Claire.

Mitch was attacked, but I’m sure he’s strong enough to handle it.

I don’t know why Cowellian thinks it was his car. What an asanine assumption to think just because someone has the same name.

I’m used to Cowellian and his know it all attitude.

I don’t understand why people would call it blaming the victim if you suggest ways to keep from having your package stolen. My neighbor picks mine up so they don’t sit on my porch all day while I’m working.

Having a neighbor grab my package the minute it hits my porch works for me. She lives across the street, and I tell her what days I’m expecting a delivery, and she knows what time UPS and Fed Ex come.

45 Antonio December 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM


The fact that you think a club is ‘worthless for preventing car theft” is the very same reason people are attacking your opinions.

A club is by far the easiest thing to help from having your vehicle stolen. A car thief isn’t going to take the time to saw through it, and what are the chances of a car thief HAVING A SAW IN HIS POSESSION WHEN HE GOES TO STEAL A CAR? About one in a million!

You’re entitled to your opinion, but your logic is way out in left field.

If you don’t want you packages stolen from your front porch, there are more than enough suggestions on this thread.

Personally, I blame Fed Ex and UPS for being stupid enough to leave them there. What ever happened to having to sign for everything, and if you weren’t home, you got a little notice, and after 3 notices, you had to pick it up yourself.

Fed Ex and UPS need to return to the old system, and quit passing the cost of stolen packages on to their customers. The fact that we all have to pay the price is the reason people are so annoyed.

46 @Lisa December 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

People call it blaming the victim when the comments are, “If they’re stupid enough to leave packages on their porch, they deserve to have them stolen” or “If people don’t want their bikes stolen, they shouldn’t leave them locked up at the BART station all day”. See the difference?

47 @Antonio December 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I guess all those catalytic converter thieves chew them off with their teeth, since there’s only a one in a million chance of a thief having a saw. What a dumb thing for you to say.

48 Victim Blamers December 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

It’s kind of like saying, “Why would you own a Honda if you know it’s the number one most stolen car? You should have bought a Pinto instead.”

49 Silva December 14, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Oh yeah, no crime in Lafayette! Right.

50 Alisha December 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM


I think he said Lafayette was a low crime town, not no crime. All towns have crime. Last time I checked, Lafayette was a very low crime town.

Read before you type.

And don’t leave your packages on the porch.

51 Alisha December 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

@ Victim Blamers—–#49

People own Honda’s because they’re excellent running cars, and they last forever. They no longer make Pinto’s.

52 @Alisha December 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Thank you for demonstrating your firm grasp on the obvious.

FWIW, Hyundais are also excellent running cars that last forever, and they don’t get stolen nearly as often. Does that mean people who choose Hondas and subsequently have them stolen are somehow at fault because they bought a popular theft target?

53 Miguel December 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM


Hyundai’s are CHEAP CARS! You can’t compare a Hyundai to a Honda or Toyota.

Your logic is non-existent. Give it up.

54 Keith December 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

@Lisa, @Antonio, @Alishia

You’re not the sharpest tool in the shed. Logic is a learned behavior, and you obviously missed the boat.

The logical arguing with the illogical is a waste of time. One’s going north and south, the other is going east and west, and they’ll never come to terms in the middle.

Leave your packages on the porch, have them stolen and we’ll all pick up the tab when UPS and Fed Ex raise their rates.

Thanks for nothing…….

55 @Miguel and Keith December 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

As usual, you missed the point entirely. I give up. I’m done trying to talk sense into you retards. Carry on.

56 Cowellian December 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Lisa@44 said:

I’m with Steve, Denise, Shelley, Mitch, Craig and Claire.

Of course you are. The whole mob of you always have the same opinion on every subject. It’s like y’all are sharing one brain and have to take turns posting.

57 Keith December 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM

@Miguel and Keith-56

You’re illogical. Quit while you’re behind.

Anyone who thinks Hyundai’s are excellent running cars. The have a reputation of being cheaply made.

58 Keith December 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM

@ Cowellian-57

And you’re a constant know it all.

59 Cowellian December 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Says one of the mob that incessantly lectures everyone else about what they must and must not do.

60 Miguel December 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM


Aren’t you the one who’s always whining about people who don’t “add any value” to the thread?

Talk about the “pot calling the kettle black.”

You’re obviously unemployed. I hope you find a job.

61 Cowellian December 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I find it amusing the way your mob has made up its collective mind to call me a know-it-all.

62 Cowellian December 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Thank you, but I’ve already got all the jobs I want.

63 @Keith December 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The quality of Hyundais built today is every bit as good as that of Hondas. They run just as well, last just as long, and have a better warranty. And they should, because they aren’t significantly less expensive.

But, like I said before, if you thought my previous comment had anything to do with the relative quality of Hondas vs. Hyundais, the point obviously sailed right over your head. That’s why I can’t have an intelligent discussion with you. You have the brain of an amoeba.

64 Bridgett December 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Dear Cowellian:

I’m not one of the collective mob (or any mob), but I noticed a long time ago that you have a know it all attitude.

I don’t hold against people, because I work in the legal profession, and 2/3 of the people I work with are like that.

I try to see the good in people, but I don’t always succeed at doing that.

65 Bridgett December 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Keith only lectures people about not leaving packages on the porch, and turning the heater on.

Every other thread he’s pretty even keel.

66 Keith December 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

@ Keith-64

You’re entitled to your opinion of my brain, as well as your opinion of Hyundai’s, but we’ll agree to disagree.

I attended Virginia Tech, and have a M. SC (Eng), which is a Master of Science in Engineering.

I’m the Director/Vice Pres. of Engineering where I’m currently employed in SF, and I have a six figure income.

My wife has a six figure income as well, and well live in the North Gate section of Walnut Creek.

I grew up in Atherton, and my parents still live there.

Back to the 49er game. Go Niner’s! ( We have season tickets)…….

67 ggg December 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM

The thieves can be easily caught with a simple sting operation. Seems like police are not actually interested in spending their time on crime prevention, although they do promote crime prevention if it costs the citizens time and money. Think how many people can be caught with license plate cameras. They have them in other cities. Why not here?

68 Not A Priority December 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

@ ggg—68

I don’t think stealing packages from the front porch is a priority to law enforcement. Since when is petty theft a priority?

Crime prevention here would be not leaving the darn package on the porch to begin with.

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