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A Union City man arrested in Palo Alto on New Year’s Day has been linked to several thefts of packages off of porches in the South Bay, police said Sunday. Andrew Philip Stafford, 25, was arrested on New Year’s Day after a resident on the 2600 block of Marshall Drive saw a suspect allegedly taking two packages off the porch of a home, according to Palo Alto police.
Stafford was found to be in possession of the two packages, as well as a collapsible baton and a .45-caliber handgun, methamphetamine, cocaine and materials used in drug sales, police said. A search of a storage locker owned by Stafford located two additional boxes that police believe were stolen off porches in San Jose.
While package theft is common throughout the Bay Area, especially around the holidays, Palo Alto has seen only a few isolated cases in the past month, police said. Investigators are working to determine if Stafford is connected with additional cases.
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