The Auburn Police Department is cautioning the public about package deliveries and unlawful solicitors after a theft in Auburn.

Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler said a package was taken from 21 Lafayette Place Dec. 4 by a heavier set black male wearing a lanyard around his neck. The individual, Butler said, appeared to be going door-to-door with a clipboard in hand. 

"The best guess was the opportunity was there with the package on the porch, and nobody had to answer the door," Butler said. "So probably, most likely, it was the right time and right place, and the subject decided to take the package."

Butler reminded the public that solicitors need a permit from the city manager's office to approach people door-to-door. He did not know of any granted soliciting permits at this time. If there's any questions on someone soliciting, Butler said, the public should not hesitate to call the police. 

"That's our job," he added. "We'll find them, stop them, and make sure they're soliciting appropriately."

The police chief also encouraged the public to protect themselves from such thefts. He said consider having packages delivered to a neighbor's house, who may be home, or make arrangements with the delivery company so the package can be picked up. 

The APD is still working to find the individual that took the package at 21 Lafayette Place. Police said they did not have a photo of the suspect to provide The Citizen.

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