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Battling Porch Pirates: Grandmother on mission to get stolen items back

Posted at 3:46 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 19:23:09-04

TULSA, Okla. — On Monday, a Tulsa woman who prefers to be nameless got a call from her daughter.

“She called me and asked me did I get her packages off the porch," she said.

But it wasn't the homeowner who picked up the packages. It was a porch pirate.

"People can’t just go on your porch taking your packages,” the homeowner said.

So, she reviewed her surveillance footage and saw a clear image of the thief.

That's when she walked the neighborhood asking neighbors if anyone knew the person seen in the video.

“I saw people outside and I went to a couple of people and showed them her picture,” she said.

It didn't take long for someone to know the suspect. They would not tell the homeowner the person's name or address.

However, several minutes later, they returned her packages to her.

Tulsa Police said larceny from porches are at an all time high and current law makes it profitable from criminals to steal.

Larceny is not a felony unless the value of the property is over $1,000.

Tulsa police said most packages left at doors are not close to that value.

They suggest you have packages delivered to your job, a business or a neighbor's house who will be home at the time of delivery.

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