Caught on camera: Alleged thief steals FedEx package from homeowner’s doorstep
For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, including thieves looking to steal packages.
Anchorage resident Mike Hartmann installed a Nest Cam security camera at his home Friday. The camera starts recording when it senses motion, such as the FedEx driver dropping off a package at his house Saturday.
What he didn’t expect to see was the red four-door car that boldly pulled into his driveway minutes later. In the video, a man gets out of the passenger side door wearing a large coat and walks toward the porch swinging his arms, only to return with one arm holding what Hartmann believes is the package concealed under his coat.
With a driver in the car waiting, the thief was in and out in less than a minute.
“The dude was super confident. Very efficient, very confident,” says Hartmann.
He believes they were tailing the delivery truck, and after watching the video, he doesn’t think it was the their first time.
“He got out of the car. His hat fell off. [He] puts his hat back on just as cool as could be about it.”
Unfortunately for the stranger, the package he made off with won’t be of much use to anyone.
“It’s only valuable to me, it’s a work thing,” explains Hartmann, “It’s just a plastic model of shoulder bones,” he said.
The Anchorage Police Department has some suggestion to make sure packages are secure this holiday season: Have your package shipped to your work or office, or an address where you know someone will be there to pick it up, or even to a location such as FedEx, UPS, or a post office that will keep it safe until you come pick it up.
Another option is to require a signature to complete the delivery.
The would-be grinch in this instance didn’t get much of a Christmas gift, but Hartmann hopes sharing his story will make sure someone else’s gifts make it under the tree this year.
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