Package thief caught on camera

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Police say two men have been arrested after multiple packages were stolen from a Dayton neighborhood.

According to police, three packages were stolen at one home in the 1600 block of Rosemont Boulevard, and one package was taken from a home on Cleveland Avenue. The thefts appear to have happened minutes apart, according to authorities.

One of the victims who lives is a postal service worker who can’t believe someone would do this right before the holiday.

In the video below, a man is seen swiping three packages, containing Christmas gifts like boots and a gym bag, from a porch on Rosemont Boulevard and taking off in a car.

“Complete anger,” said victim Leanna Pitt of the moment she first watched the video. “I was very upset just that somebody would do that.”

Leanna Pitt and her roommate Tessa Yost said they have never had a problem with packages before in the neighborhood. It was the camera on a doorbell that caught the thieves in action. The camera is motion-sensored to record video whenever anyone is on the porch, which can be watched on a smartphone.

“It was a little scary, a little disheartening to know that that’s really what’s going on out in the world and that unfortunately it’s probably happened to other people, not just us,” Yost said.

And it wasn’t just them. Police believe the same men stole a package containing $6 worth of batteries from a porch on Cleveland Avenue, just a few blocks away.

The thefts have neighbors concerned.

“Everybody’s ordering online now, and it’s so easy to follow a UPS truck, a FedEx truck or even to know when the mail gets delivered,” said neighbor Robin Claspill.

Residents are worried about becoming targets, and some wanted to remain anonymous. “There are things that go on in this neighborhood, I just don’t see them,” one told 2 NEWS.

Residents say this isn’t the first time the neighborhood has been targeted by thieves.

Some neighbors are calling the man in the video a real Grinch a week before Christmas.

Police suggest having packages sent to your workplace or held at the shipping company to be picked up. While Leanna Pitt and Tessa Yost said they’re happy the suspects have been caught, they’ll likely be having their packages shipped elsewhere for the rest of the holiday season.

“I just feel like if you really need something, then you can go put in the effort to get it,” Pitt said. “And that doesn’t mean taking it from somebody else.”

According to police, several packages were found in the suspects’ vehicle Friday. It’s not yet clear if any of those were the packages stolen from this neighborhood.

If you have any information about these cases you’re asked to call the Dayton Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP (7867).

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