A brazen thief was caught on camera, walking off with a package from a home’s front porch in Crown Heights in broad daylight on Thursday morning.
On security footage sent to COLlive, the thief can be seen walking up to the home in Crown Heights, swiping a package from the stoop and calmly walking off.
The incident occurred at 8:05 am, the homeowner notified COLlive. He did file a report with the police.
COLlive reached out to Detective Vinny Martinos of the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights last April, about the troubling trend seen more and more often in the neighborhood.
“This is the number one crime we are dealing with now,” Martinos told COLlive. “We keep identifying and catching these guys and locking them up, but most criminals are opportunists. If they see a package and no one is around, they will strike,” he said.
“The problem is that people don’t always follow up to prosecute, since the companies pay back the customer, and they don’t lose out, so they don’t follow up with pressing charges. And the big companies don’t really care so much about it.
“We recommend that you contact the police and press charges if you are a victim of theft, because if you don’t, it’s like it never happened,” he said.