Some call them the Grinches who steal Christmas—they are front porch package thieves and they are a growing problem.
Now, as the big online shopping season kicks off, an Upper Marlboro woman armed with high-definition security cameras is fighting back.
Brandy Terrell tells ABC7 Maryland Bureau Chief Brad Bell she expected a package last Wednesday. She even got a delivery confirmation email from the shipping company, but when she got home her porch was empty.
“Oh my gosh, I was livid!” she said.
So, Terrell checked her home security video system and was amazed to see she caught the thief on camera.
“I was furious, because he looks very comfortable walking up to the house,” she said.
In the video, a man in a bright blue jacket can be seen parking a gray car and walking casually up to Terrell’s door. He picks up the box and walks away. Terrell says she had to do something.
“I felt like, you know, it was an invasion of privacy and my space for somebody to be so comfortable to come on a property they don’t own and take something that doesn’t belong to them,” she said.
When police failed to follow up on her call, Terrell reached out to 7 On Your Side. Bell forwarded the video to Prince George’s County Police and detectives are now working the case.
Police are also urging caution on the part of consumers. A PGPD spokesperson suggests packages be delivered to places of employment, so they’re not left sitting on a porch.
Terrell says she plans to keep shopping online, but may choose deliveries requiring a signature. She also says she hopes the man in the blue jacket is caught with the set of mugs she ordered.