Is it me or is does this year seem to have more incidents of people stealing packages from the front porches of residents this holiday season? It probably has to do with a combination of more thieves and better home surveillance which results in capturing these lowlifes on camera. Our local PD calls them porch pirates which is as good a term as any so we’ll go with that.
One porch pirate in Vancouver goes the extra mile by wearing a neon yellow safety vest. Nothing says official like a safety vest. And nothing looks more suspicious than a guy in an official safety vest conducting official business in a Red C6 Corvette.
The stolen package had just been delivered by UPS 20 minutes before it was snatched. But it just so happened that the pirate selected the house of a CTV News cameraman who had multiple surveillance cameras which caught the package theft on Tuesday.
Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers said Porch Pirates will often follow delivery trucks as they search for their next score.
“They watch and wait for a few minutes to see if someone will answer the door,” executive director Linda Annis said. “[Then] in they scoop and grab the parcel and they’re gone before you know it.”
Jim Fong, the cameraman whose package was stolen hopes that this pirate, or his red sportscar, will be recognized. “What kind of Grinch drives a red Corvette?” Fong said.
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