Doorbell surveillance video shows an alleged package theft at a residence in Yorktown.
Authorities are trying to track down a “porch pirate” caught on camera stealing packages from a Mohegan Lake home’s doorstep over the weekend.
The theft occurred at a Christine Road home around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Yorktown Police Lt. James Graham said.
Detectives are still trying to determine a dollar amount for what was stolen but Graham said they don’t believe it is more than a few hundred dollars. It is unknown if the boxes contained holiday gifts, the lieutenant said.
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The surveillance footage has been uploaded to the department’s Facebook page as part of its “Help Us To Help You” initiative.
Anyone who recognizes the man can reach out confidentially to authorities at 914-962-3856.
“We urge the public to help in any way they can,” Graham said.
Porch pirates see opportunity when packages are left unsecured on porches, especially during the holidays. (Photo: Karen Croke/The Journal News)
Across the country, more than 20 million Americans have had their deliveries stolen before they can even open them.
In many instances, surveillance systems are capturing these “porch pirates” walking up to houses, picking up boxes and trotting off. Those videos usually wind up posted online by police departments in hopes it’ll lead to the culprit.
Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble offered some tips to stay safe:
- Use Smart Package Lockers (like Amazon locker) or convenience stores like the UPS Store for package retrieval
- Have packages delivered to your place of employment
- Require signature on delivery
- Ask a trusted neighbor to hold onto your delivered items until you get home
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