Package Thief Caught on Camera

WICHITA FALLS - Homeowners on North Shore Drive say they are keeping a closer watch for thieves, something they don't feel they should have to do.

But one homeowner hopes his surveillance video can put one thief behind bars before he steals any more Christmases.

He said he was waiting on a package from his sister-in law. A gift to her mother.

"We put my mother in law in a nursing facility this year and it's been kind of a trying time for us."

And it was a gift she would never see and the surveillance video from the cameras outside of his home shows why.

It shows a black Chevrolet stop in front of his home, shortly after the mail carrier dropped off the package. You can see the passenger of the car get out and take the package.

"I found out that some people said they lost their packages, and so we know he got more that one," said the homeowner. "They don't look at the fact that people when they buy gifts for their family members, that there's thought put into that."

And neighbor Lana Dickens, who said she bought almost all of her Christmas gifts online, said thieves like this are not just stealing material things. They are taking the very spirit out of the holiday.

"It's a shame," said Dickens. "You have to almost sit at the front door and catch the postman when they come by. It's not fair, it's not nice. It's not nice to our kids or our loved ones to put us in that situation."

And that's what motivated the homeowner to put the video out for others to see, in hopes it will lead to his arrest.

"Get this man caught. I don't want other people to have to suffer losing their packages," said the homeowner. "As young as this young man is, he's not that old to be doing something like that, living off the backs of other people and not carrying his own weight. That just shows what kind of person that he's going to be and he needs to change his life."

The homeowner said he has filed reports with both the Police Department and the US Postal Service.

NBC News reports around 23 million Americans have holiday packages stolen off their front porches each year.

To keep your packages safe, delivery services suggest you do more than just track the shipping schedule on your gifts .

Always request a signature for delivery to ensure the package won't be left at your door without you there to sign for it and bring it inside safely.

You could also just have your package delivered somewhere else.

If you know you won't be home when your package will be delivered, FedEx and ups tell you to opt for delivering it to a neighbor who is home or to your workplace, if allowed.

Another option is to deliver your packages to a retail store or locker, where they'll stay safe until you can pick them up at your convenience. 


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