Police: Queens man took packages from multiple Nassau homes

Posted: Updated:
ROCKVILLE CENTRE -

Police arrested a 24-year-old Queens man after he was allegedly caught on camera stealing packages from front porches in Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Malverne and Lynbrook. 

According to court papers, Peter Lee Dunbar would snatch packages during his day job delivering auto parts in a white van. Authorities say he stole from eight different homes, including six packages from Jen Bavaro, of Rockville Centre. 

Bavaro says she thought it was strange when she got home and realized the boxes in front of her home were not only empty but had other people's names on them.

Police say Dunbar would take the contents of packages he liked, and then left the contents of packages he didn't like on people's doorsteps. 

"The subject would deliver what looked like a package, but in fact he would switch out a package on the step and he would leave an empty box or box full of junk basically," said Lt. John Oddo, of the Malverne Police Department. 

Police say because Dunbar drove what looked like a delivery truck, neighbors didn't notice what he was doing. They say they were able to track him down when they saw his van on surveillance video.

Dunbar pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of petit larceny in court Thursday. His wife and child had no comment as they left the courtroom.
 

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Your February Snow Photos

    Your February Snow Photos

    Sunday, February 18 2018 10:54 AM EST2018-02-18 15:54:26 GMT
    Your February Snow PhotosYour February Snow Photos

    Did you snap a great pic of the snow from the overnight storm? Share with us here, or use the hashtag #LIWeather on Twitter and Instagram.

    Did you snap a great pic of the snow from the overnight storm? Share with us here, or use the hashtag #LIWeather on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Your Long Island Weather Photos

    Your Long Island Weather Photos

    Meiko at the fire island lighthouseMeiko at the fire island lighthouse

    Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LIWeather.

    Share your weather photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LIWeather.

  • 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    Photos from the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Images via Getty.

    Photos from the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Images via Getty.

  • Long Island Top StoriesMore>>

  • Nassau vigil honors Florida school shooting victims

    Nassau vigil honors Florida school shooting victims

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:27 PM EST2018-02-21 03:27:38 GMT
    Dozens of people gathered outside the Nassau Legislative Building in Mineola Tuesday evening at a vigil for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week.Dozens of people gathered outside the Nassau Legislative Building in Mineola Tuesday evening at a vigil for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week.

    Dozens of people gathered outside the Nassau Legislative Building in Mineola Tuesday evening at a vigil for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week. 

    Dozens of people gathered outside the Nassau Legislative Building in Mineola Tuesday evening at a vigil for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week. 

  • NUMC fires 9 appointees to make room for more nurses

    NUMC fires 9 appointees to make room for more nurses

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:52 AM EST2018-02-21 10:52:24 GMT
    Nassau University Medical Center says the elimination of the jobs will save the hospital $1.6 million a year.Nassau University Medical Center says the elimination of the jobs will save the hospital $1.6 million a year.

    Nassau University Medical Center says the elimination of the jobs will save the hospital $1.6 million a year.

    Nassau University Medical Center says the elimination of the jobs will save the hospital $1.6 million a year.

  • Town of Hempstead plans to overhaul snow plowing response

    Town of Hempstead plans to overhaul snow plowing response

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:50 AM EST2018-02-21 10:50:26 GMT
    News 12 has learned there were more than 3,600 complaints following the big snowstorm on Jan. 4.News 12 has learned there were more than 3,600 complaints following the big snowstorm on Jan. 4.

    News 12 has learned there were more than 3,600 complaints following the big snowstorm on Jan. 4.

    News 12 has learned there were more than 3,600 complaints following the big snowstorm on Jan. 4.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."