Delivered packages are disappearing off front porches all over the valley. Police blame it on “porch pirates” – thieves of opportunity – who steal packages that are delivered to victims’ doorsteps. The Fresno Police Department is on the hunt for at least two crooks, and Clovis Police just arrested a woman on Wednesday.
Police said surveillance cameras are a great tool for homeowners to have. If you’re a victim of a theft crime, they say the video can help identify suspects. It also helps spread the word to the community to keep their eye out for a “porch pirate”.
To say he’s angry, is an understatement. Friant resident Craig Campbell showed us surveillance video from the front porch of his house from this past monday.
He said, “You’ll see her just walk boldly right up, she grabs the package, looks back to see if anybody’s around.”
Campbell said the woman took off in this car. No arrests have been made yet.
“These people have the audacity to come and we work hard, we pay our bills, we do all of our stuff as a citizen, and for them to think that it’s okay for them to come onto our property and take our property and our possessions, is just infuriating,” stated Campbell.
And this suspect is not the only “porch pirate” caught on camera. Fresno Police released two videos Thursday that showed a similar crime.
Lt. Mark Hudson stated, “Thieves take advantage of these packages being delivered and what they’re doing is, they’re going to these houses or they’re driving around neighborhoods looking for Fedex vans or UPS vans, and they’re following them.”
Hudson said package thefts are on the rise right now because of the holiday season. Clovis Police arrested a woman named Alice Bingham on wednesday. They accuse her of stealing packages from people’s home.
So, how can you stop yourself from becoming a victim? Hudson said, “Track that item. Know when it’s coming to your home, be at home, don’t have a package delivered where you’re not.”
Campbell said he’s now thinking twice about having packages delivered to his home.
“It’s sad that you have to keep one step ahead of the criminals, but we will definitely either have it delivered to our work, or get a P.O. box or something,” ended Campbell.
If you have any information on the package thefts in Fresno, police are urging you to contact them or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.