Porch pirate caught on cam is identified, returns package

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Credit: CCPD

A Cape Coral family catches on cam a man stealing a package from their porch.

The victim said he went on vacation April 12, and on April 20 he was reviewing his “Nest” video camera from the day before.

A man was seen on camera taking packages from his porch then taking mail out of the mailbox before leaving in a pickup truck.

Within an hour of publishing the story in the news, the man on camera was identified.

According to CCPD the man ordered an item online and used the victim’s address because he didn’t want it delivered to his own home. But, he admitted in addition to taking the item he ordered, he also took the victim’s package.

He said to police his friend lived at that home for 2.5 years ago, which is how he knew the address off hand.

The suspect brought the victim’s package to the detective which was turned over to the victim.

The victim decided not to press charges because he was able to get his property back and police are considering the case closed.

The Cape Coral Police Department said they believes it takes an entire community working together to address crime, and in this case it worked.

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