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Porch Pirate Uses 'Free' Basket to Fool Residents, Now He's in Trouble

Rodolfo Vieira
Jul 13, 2021
06:20 A.M.
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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.

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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.

CCTV footage of the porch pirate carrying the basked with the word "free" on it in the Hooper area of Weber County, in Utah | Photo: Weber County Sheriff’s Office

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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.

The porch pirate going back to his car, a white Sedan, carrying the stolen goods in the Hooper area, in Utah | Photo: Weber County Sheriff’s Office

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OPPORTUNISTS EVERYWHERE

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.

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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.

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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.

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DIFFERENT STYLES

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.

The FedEx employee and the USPS delivery worker dropping off the packages | Photo: Youtube.com/Gabe White

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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