Package thief targets SLC neighborhood

Victim urges others to take steps to protect themselves

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Neighbors in the high east bench area of Salt Lake City said it has become a target for porch package thieves.

The latest victim is the captain of the neighborhood crime watch. 

"You can see she's about 14 to 19 years old; she looks inside and runs away," said Stephany Alexander while looking at surveillance video from her home.

The young suspect's getaway driver appears to be a Chevy Cobalt. The crime of opportunity happened last week at Alexander's east bench home before 8 a.m.

"Angry. I felt very angry," Alexander said. "I felt we, as a community, needed to take action."

Even though she was home at the time, Alexander said the delivery company did not knock or ring the doorbell, leaving the package worth about $60 on the porch overnight. 

"I order online a lot, I know so do the people in the neighborhood. I know that a lot of our community does. It's a violation and it has got to stop," Alexander said. 

"Since the theft, Alexander installed a fifth security camera to catch the license plate of anyone trying to steal packages. In the meantime, Salt Lake Police say there are other things to prevent porch thefts. 

"If it is something that is very important try to make arrangements, contact whoever is delivering the package, see if they can deliver it an alternate address or make sure that a signature is required," Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said. 

Police say Alexander is doing the right thing, even though it didn't discourage the brazen daytime theft. 

"A lot of times the best cases we get are when people have security systems that have video of the crime occuring," Sgt. Shearer.

Alexander said neighbors have started putting out decoy packages, some booby-trapped to deter the thefts.  


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