'Grinch' from Waterbury caught stealing unattended packages

Shelton Police were dispatched to Aspetuck Village Thursday, Dec. 8 on a report of a woman taking packages that were left outside by a UPS delivery driver.

Police reported that the woman left by the time of their arrival but witnesses provided them with a description of her vehicle as well as the license plate.

Police began to search the area from the vehicle and approximately 45 minutes after the initial call, police located the vehicle traveling northbound on Route 8. The vehicle was stopped on Route 8 north in the area of exit 16.

According to a statement from Shelton Police’s Detective Richard Bango, several packages were in plain view inside of the vehicle. The driver, Andrea Guliuzza, 33, of Waterbury, was taken into custody.

Police allegedly located 12 separate packages in the vehicle. 10 were from five different Shelton addresses and two were from Waterbury. Drug paraphernalia was also allegedly found inside of the vehicle.

Guliuzza was charged with  five counts of sixth degree larceny  and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was kept on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Derby Superior Court on Dec. 9.

Shelton Police are reminding residents that if they are having packages delivered they should: Request delivery to the store itself and pick up the item there, have the package delivered to their work address or to the courier’s pickup station rather than their home, schedule delivery for a day that they know they will be home or a relative or friend will be home, or require a signature upon receipt for deliveries.