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Police say man stole delivery packages from Marion home

Suspect faces charge of fourth-degree theft

Marion police car

MARION — A Marion man was arrested Wednesday after police said he stole delivery packages from a home.

According to a police department news release, around 3:10 p.m. police received a report of someone taking packages off the front steps of a home on Jonquil Lane in Marion. Police said the resident was able to provide information about the suspect.

Adam M. Bergman, 34, was found at 1025 27th St. in Marion and arrested. Police said the Linn County Sheriff’s Office assisted in locating Bergman.

A search warrant was obtained for Bergman’s home and police found more stolen packages. An investigation is ongoing, police said. For now, Bergman faces one count of fourth-degree theft.

Police are reminding citizens to secure their deliveries as quickly as possible after they’re delivered. Police also advise picking up online orders at a local retailer whenever possible.

Officer Tom Daubs, Marion’s police officer, suggested having packages shipped to work if company policy allows for it. Otherwise, residents should ask a trusted neighbor, friend or relative to stop by when a delivery is expected.

Other holiday season safety tips include:

— Avoid placing a Christmas tree and gifts in front of a large picture window facing the front yard.

— When shopping, place purchases out of sight and lock your vehicle.

— If traveling for an extended period of time, ask a family member or neighbor to check on your home. Daubs also suggests putting holiday lights on an automated timer.

To avoid the risk of fire, Daubs cautioned that fresh trees should be watered and holiday lights should be in good condition and free from electrical concerns. He also recommended that furnaces and fire places be inspected before winter weather settling in.

The Marion Police Department will be hosting a holiday safety tips presentation at the police station, 6315 Highway 151, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. The public is invited to attend.

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