Christmas package thief busted in Lyndhurst

Hector Davila is accused of stealing packages from several homes across New Jersey.

Hector Davila is accused of stealing packages from several homes across New Jersey. (12/7/15)

LYNDHURST - Lyndhurst police have arrested a man accused of stealing packages off the porches of numerous homes across New Jersey.

Officers made the arrest after receiving a tip from the Englewood Cliffs Police Department. They put out an alert to departments across New Jersey in hopes of getting the stolen packages back where they belong.

Hector Davila, 48, has been charged with the thefts.

One of the packages that Davila allegedly stole belonged to the Delmonaco family in Edison. News 12 New Jersey first reported about the family in November after their package was stolen. Inside it was a quilt made in honor of their son who died.

The family was devastated at the time and is now overjoyed to have the items back. Karen Delmonaco has a message for anyone else who wants to steal packages.

“Hopefully they will think before they take the next package. It could mean nothing to one person and have no monetary value, but it could mean the world to someone else,” she says.

Police say that there are often thefts of packages from homes around the holidays. Officers warn residents to make sure packages are delivered when they are home or have them sent to a neighbor who can pick them up.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Ruben Mondalto was able to wander away from 1 Toddler wanders away from Sayreville day care
Hackensack residents say that they want to see 2 Residents voice concerns over Teterboro flight paths
The Bayonne Board of Education voted Wednesday evening 3 Nearly 300 Bayonne School District employees, including teachers, laid off
Hoboken police two men assaulted a woman and 4 Hoboken police seek ID of robbery suspects
Giovanna Castro, 17, was last seen on Dec. 5 Police seek public’s help to find Newark teen missing since December

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Edison family gets irreplaceable package stolen Irreplaceable package stolen from Edison family

An Edison family is heartbroken after an irreplaceable package was stolen from their front porch.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.