Porch Pirate Uses 'Free' Basket to Fool Residents, Now He's in Trouble
A man whose identity is yet to be revealed is currently on the Weber County Police's wanted list for stealing packages from people's porches using a unique method.
It has been reported that the man, who has been caught by several CCTV cameras, was seen carrying a basket with the word "free" in order to fool onlookers into believing he was collecting free items.
The suspect was seen operating around the Hooper area back in June, and one of the security cameras installed by a theft victim actually managed to identify his car.
LOOKING FOR LEADS
Although the license plate wasn't visible in the footage, the police now know that they are looking for a white sedan, which the man used to make his getaways.
With very little to go on, the Weber County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the porch pirate. Those with information regarding the case are encouraged to contact the authorities.
Package theft has been on the rise, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the virus, millions of people started working from home, which also led to an increase in online shopping.
Unable to go to the stores, people started ordering more and more items through the internet, which increased the rate of packages delivered on a daily basis.
@amazon I ordered some stuff off Amazon, and it took 8 days to get the package. The Amazon employer never knocked on my door. By the time I got the notice, the package was stolen. I called Amazon, only remark they made clear knocking on door is not required..— okie bradshaw (@OkieBradshaw) July 11, 2021
Amazon's profits skyrocketed, but they also faced a lot of issues, especially when it comes to their packages being stolen from people's porches.
Back in May, a man was arrested by the Philadelphia Police after dressing up as an Amazon delivery driver in order to steal packages in the city's Fishtown neighborhood.
#UPDATE @PhillyPolice arrested the man accused of posing as an Amazon delivery driver and stealing packages in Fishtown. Action news was there as he was taken into custody at 4th and Berks after being spotted on his bikes with stolen parcels @6abc https://t.co/yetVD7DYFr pic.twitter.com/ZG0VYpb0iC— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) May 3, 2021
It isn't known how the suspect, whose name wasn't released to the public, managed to get his hands on an official Amazon vest or how long he had been targetting homes.
In one of the surveillance videos, the thief was seen approaching a home, casually grabbing a package and nodding at a passerby before nonchalantly fleeing the scene.
It was reported that the suspect was seen riding his bicycle around a neighborhood carrying multiple stolen packages, such as a pair of Birkenstock shoes and speakers.
This guy tried to steal my neighbors package on April 1st. Same bike, same jacket. I reported it to the @PhillyPolice and showed them my security footage. He has been doing this for OVER A MONTH.— Evan Herman (@EvanMHerman) May 5, 2021
Aside from thieves, people also have to worry about their goods being delivered in one piece, but that is not always possible considering some of the workers that have been caught on camera mishandling parcels.
A Youtuber by the name of Gabe White recently shared a video in which we saw two styles of delivery, one being careless about the packages and one that took pride in his work.
While the first delivery worker just dropped the packages on the front porch, the second one actually took the time to stack all packages in a corner and out of the rain.
The video immediately went viral but, although the first worker was caught mistreating the packages, White didn't hold it against her, saying that she was probably just having a bad day.
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