Neighbors on lookout after mail thief strikes - KMSP-TV

Neighbors on lookout after mail thief strikes

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A neighborhood burglar was caught on camera, and now the victim is looking to social media for help to catch the thief.

It happened to Michael Shinn, who lives in the 3700 block of North Hermitage. He said that his wife had been expecting a package from a friend for more than a month, and never realized the package had already been sent until they touched base with the friend over the weekend. That's when they found out it was actually delivered on April 30.

So, Shinn checked his security system video for that day and, sure enough, the cameras captured a woman walking onto his porch and stealing a manila envelope out of his mailbox.

The woman also had in her hands a box that Shinn said had been stolen from his neighbor’s porch.

"I thought the delivery person just brought them to the wrong house or something," said Chad Fellers, who always wondered what happened to the pair of athletic shoes his girlfriend ordered for him online.

"I kept on going back-and-forth with USPS about it and it cost me $125 bucks basically," Fellers said.

Package theft tends to be a bigger problem during the Christmas holidays, because there are more opportunities. But on a Chicago crime reporting website, several people have reported thefts recently.

Hearing that came as a surprise to Jason Thompson, who was home when a UPS driver stopped by his house with a package.

"My wife pretty much has like 3 to 4 packages a day delivered here so obviously we just have them dropped off at the front. We actually know a lot of the guys who deliver, so we haven't had any problems yet," Thompson said.

On North Hermitage, Art Vaisvilas looked at the pictures of the suspected thief and said he has never seen her. However, he said that he tries to watch out for others on his block.

"If I see somebody walking around that looks suspicious, like their looking around for something, somebody who just looks suspicious, I'll stand out in front of my house with my arms crossed and just watch them," Vaisvilas said.

After losing an expensive pair of shoes, Fellers said that he will likely require a signature for future package deliveries.

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