‘Porch Pirate’ nabs $400 in packages from home

FILE - In this June 30, 2011 file photo, a United Parcel Service driver delivers packages from Amazon.com in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon is offering deals July 12, 2016, for the second edition of its annual "Prime Day" promotion. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Caught on camera, a thief made off with several hundred dollars worth of packages from an Albuquerque home. With the holiday shopping season underway and the popularity of shopping online ever increasing, there could soon be even more targets left on porches.

The visible cameras and daylight seem to do nothing to keep a woman from stealing four, possibly five packages from a front porch in the Estates at Tanoan neighborhood.

She pulls up in an older model gold sedan and is seen with a designer purse. She’s seen tossing the packages rather carelessly into the car.

Off-camera, the homeowners told KRQE News 13 she took about $400 worth of stuff inside those packages.

KRQE News 13 showed the video to other people who live in the Northeast Heights

“It’s kind of disgusting,” Shannon Irwin said.

“I can’t believe someone’s brazen enough,” Roger and Linda Lucas said.

The Lucas’ say this video is exactly why they prefer going in-person to stores to shop.

That nonchalantly, [she] just did that, it’s one of our big concerns about shopping online,” Roger said.

But Irwin says she’s had a package stolen from her porch before, and it hasn’t deterred her from buying online again.

“We called Amazon and they were like, ‘Oh yeah, no big deal’ and they just replaced it for us,” she said.

InsuranceQuotes.com estimates 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes. And that number could only grow, as the popularity of online purchasing continues to rise.

It’s now a very close second most favorable way to buy for the holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.

“You don’t have to worry about all the crowds, you can just get better deals online, too,” Irwin said.

Tips for keeping your packages from being stolen include: requiring a signature for it to be delivered, having it delivered to your work and renting a P.O. box for deliveries during the holiday season.

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