Irvine police searching for suspected serial package thief

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- Irvine police are looking for a suspected serial package thief.

Officers say they have at least three videos of 33-year-old Anthony Palusso swiping packages in the city. Palusso is someone they've had contact with before and he may be connected to many more thefts.

"He also is suspected in about 20 cases throughout Irvine, and we know that other cities are looking at him in their cases as well," said Kim Mohr, spokesperson for the Irvine Police Department.

His prolific stealing spree prompted one neighborhood to put out their own flier. It shows several photos residents believe to be him, and the silver Toyota Tacoma he may be driving.

"That's great, anything residents can do to be proactive, but also want them to remember to call us," said Mohr.

The thief is targeting neighborhoods in the northern part of the city, areas where many residents say this kind of crime is unheard of.

"I have neighbors who have packages delivered every day. I have packages delivered every day, and there's been days where the same package is on the same doorstep for days at a time," said Laura Baker who lives in the Woodbury development.

With the holiday season here, Mohr is encouraging people to pay close attention to their deliveries. "Track your package, so you know when it's coming," said Mohr. "If you can't be home, because you're at work, consider using a P.O. box. You can also ask a friend or a trusted neighbor."

Police want to catch this grinch before he can steal again, and residents want him to hear this message: "For you to steal something like this, a gift for a baby or a kid, waiting for his Santa to drop off a gift, that's really sad," said Simon Hage.

If you see Palusso or have any information about him, you're asked to call Irvine police.

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