CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. - Police departments around metro Atlanta are encouraging homeowners to invest in inexpensive doorbell cameras to stop so-called porch pirates. Those are what police call the thieves who stealing packages at doorsteps, many times within minutes of the mail carrier delivering them.
Carroll County authorities have home video of one such thief. Investigators said they wouldn’t have any leads without the surveillance video.
Melissa and Ken Fletcher of Villa Rica captured him on camera. Unfortunately, their doorbell camera captured him stealing packages from their front step.
“It was a little intimidating,” Melissa Fletcher, said. “I was like ‘Why would he do that?’”
Melissa and Ken are huge Philadelphia Eagles fans and they are still celebrating the Eagles Super Bowl championship win. Ken is also a disabled combat veteran. He shops online because he says it is difficult for him to get around. As an Eagles fan, he was really looking forward to those packages.
“He took my championship Eagles stuff! My shot glasses, mixing glasses, jerseys,” Fletcher said.
Their doorbell camera captured the postal carrier’s delivery and it sent a notification as well as video to their smartphones. They knew to look for packages when they returned home, but then their security system also recorded the thief taking them a few minutes later as if he had followed right behind the mail truck.
Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies have similar video. Both agencies would like the public help in finding the man. He appears to be driving a dark sedan and wears a New York Yankees hat.
Many of these doorbell cameras are now under $200. They sync to your home Wi-Fi and if they don’t stop a thief from stealing your packages, perhaps they can help the police in identifying him and put a stop to it that way.
“It’s no guarantee that we will be able to solve the crime, but it at least gives us something to work with,” said Capt. Keith Shaddix of the Villa Rica Police Department.