DA powerless to stop notorious Dyker Heights package thief, residents claim

Package pilferer: Security footage shows a serial package thief taking an item from inside Alyssa Bello’s house in Bensonhurst on December 10, 2018.
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An infamous Dyker Heights package thief has plagued her neighbors for nearly 20 years, according to victims, who claim that no matter how many times police cuff the serial larcenist, packages continue to vanish.

“I am trying to be extra careful now with my deliveries and my neighbors are as well, but it’s so sad that we have to live like this,” said Alyse Taddeo DeAngelis, whose package was stolen from her stoop by 78th Street and 11th Avenue on July 27. “She seems to always come back.”

The courier crook, who served two brief prison stints in 2016 and 2017 for stealing packages, was arrested five times for petty larceny and trespassing charges in Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst in 2019 alone, and her only penalty this year was five days of community service, according to a spokesman for District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

Her other 2019 arrests ended in either a conditional discharge, or adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, although a judge has issued a bench warrant for her arrest after she failed to show at a court hearing last month following an alleged parcel heist on July 16.

And this year was no fluke — the package thief’s rapsheet extends back to the turn of the century — and locals doubt that the serial package pilferer will ever face any serious punishment.

“She was arrested, and they issued a restraining order. But she still does it,” said Daniela DiLeo Romano, whose surveillance cameras caught the thief taking packages off her porch two years ago. “She stole from all of my neighbors, too.”

And many residents recognize the packet purloiner as longtime local, who once worked at an Italian restaurant on 72nd Street and 18th Avenue. DeAngelis says she used to be friendly with the neighborhood thief, and would often greet her in passing.

“It’s like she lives this secret life of stealing packages on people’s doorsteps,” DeAngelis speculated. “It’s so sad what’s become of her.”

Romano says her family is on friendly terms with the crook’s clan, who are embarrassed to be associated with the serial parcel perp.

“My husband knew her sister, who is mortified that her sister does this,” Romano said.

Many locals want the looter to face a harsher punishment than a few months in prison, and blame Gonzalez for not pressing charges sooner. One resident, Alyssa Bello, who saw the box bandit steal her package in December 2018, says she tried to pressure the District Attorney’s office to act, but claims prosecutors dropped the ball.

“I did the paperwork for the DA so she could be sent to court and I got an order of protection, but apparently it didn’t do much. She was arrested and released even after repeatedly stealing,” Bello said. “She’s out and about doing it all over again, thanks to the DA.”

But prosecutors say their hands are tied. Petty theft is a Class A misdemeanor, meaning that if convicted, the thief could face a maximum sentence of one year in prison, and the law forbids judges from considering multiple petty theft charges when sentencing.

One peeved resident claimed the thief steals packages to fuel her drug addiction, and advocated counseling over jail time.

“She’s doing it for money for drugs,” Romano said. ”They should mandate her to go to a drug rehab.”

Meanwhile, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights residents have banded together out of a shared interest of actually getting their mail, and lookout for their neighbor’s packages — lest the package thief get them first.

“My neighbors and I try to take in packages for each other so as to not have her come stealing, but it’s hard sometimes,” DeAngelo said. “We shouldn’t have to live in fear.”

Messages left for the Dyker Heights package thief and with her attorney were not returned.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Updated 10:14 am, August 14, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

BF Skinner from Beyond Freedom and Dignity says:
This is not such a difficult problem to solve. Read my texts on operant conditioning and apply principles as necessary.
Aug. 13, 2019, 6 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
There are plans online to design a box that will have shotgun shells blast out of the thing. Problem solved.
Aug. 13, 2019, 8:18 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Those who purchase these stolen packages,very likely offerred,at steep discounts;definitely share in the thief's guilt. The District Attorney,should investigate,if she's possibly working;with anyone else? On the other hand,she could probably claim kleptomania,and get Medicaid;to pay for her therapy? While,she continues her occupation. An obvious smart thief,is hard to stop. Why doesn't just run for public office? She would probably be successful,too.
Aug. 13, 2019, 9:50 pm
OJ says:
Henry take your meds, I never would say nasty things like that you sicko! You should go work for CNN or Al Sharpton and spread more lies
Aug. 13, 2019, 10:12 pm
Dwayne from Bed Stuy says:
Racists still here foaming at the mouth about Rev Sharpton when there is video of a lifelong white woman criminal committing crimes.
Aug. 13, 2019, 10:23 pm
Kameltoe Harris says:
Al Sharpton is a standup kinda guy! Ask Tawana Brawley! Y’all gotta love Maxine Waters with that beautiful wig! She is an African Queen and so honest and charming! They are my role models!
Aug. 14, 2019, 6:19 am
Chris Denver from Brooklyn says:
The DA will never prosecute anyone. He loves criminals. You might wonder if he's a mole, subvertting the system from the inside.
Aug. 14, 2019, 9:30 am
Tyler from pps says:
SCR - Do you know what a comma does?
Aug. 14, 2019, 9:51 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
since she likes packages, maybe she should get a job at Amazon
Aug. 14, 2019, 9:52 am
SCR from Realityville says:
Okay Tyler,I'll further reduce my commas. It's highly likely that our forefathers,used too many commas-when writing the Constitution's-Second Amendment?
Aug. 14, 2019, 10:19 am
K. from ArKady says:
SCR, you're the diacritical equivalent of a mass shooting event. Or an inspiration to modern poetry. Not sure which.
Aug. 14, 2019, 11:09 am
Veronica Windell from Park Slope says:
The real thief is Amazon for not paying taxes !!!!!
Aug. 14, 2019, 11:50 am

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