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Man arrested after packages stolen from porches in Dovercourt and Bloor area

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Toronto police say a man has been arrested after packages left by delivery companies were stolen from porches in the Dovercourt and Bloor area.

Police said several packages were stolen between Friday, Dec. 7 and Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Officers launched an investigation and Karel Vorlicek, 32, of Toronto was arrested Saturday.

He was charged with two counts of theft from mail.

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Vorlicek appeared in court on Sunday.

Police are advising the public to be extra vigilant if they are expecting a package this holiday season and take steps to minimize the possibility that it gets stolen.

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Officers advise homeowners to arrange for deliveries to be made while they are home, if possible, or have it left with a neighbour.

Karel Vorlicek, 32, has been charged with two counts of theft from mail.
Karel Vorlicek, 32, has been charged with two counts of theft from mail. Handout / Toronto Police