Coral Gables police give warning to stumbling porch pirates

Thanksgiving kicks off busiest time of year for thieves taking package deliveries

Coral Gables police using methods to combat holiday package thieves.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Police are looking for a pair of crooks caught on camera stealing packages off someone's front porch.

The video clearly shows a man and a woman who police in Coral Gables are trying to find.

In the video, as the pair nears the front of the home, the man stumbles and falls over while the woman seems to laugh.

Not deterred from her mission to steal the large boxes, the woman continues to the front of the home and picks up a large box before heading back towards a waiting vehicle. The man eventually gets up and grabs a second box, joining his partner in crime inside the getaway car.


Thanksgiving kicks off a busy time for law enforcement, with online orders and package deliveries at their peak.

“We’re able to see things that the average officer won’t be able to see going through a neighborhood,” explained Coral Gables police Officer Celestino Rodriguez.

Officers are using what they said is a highly effective approach.

“We’re actually looking for packages,” Rodriguez said.

Neighborhood police teams have been deployed with a specific goal in mind.

They have been instructed to move packages out of harm's way and notify residents of where to find their holiday deliveries.

"We’ll find a good location," Rodriguez said. "If it can’t be hidden in the front of the house, we’ll put it on the side, or in the back, and we’ll leave a note on the door."

As far as the package stealing thieves caught on the Coral Gables doorbell cam, police said they’re confident they will find the criminals before they ruin another family’s holiday.

Coral Gables police are asking residents to submit to them their Ring camera videos or other surveillance if it catches someone stealing packages. They are partnering with the Ring camera company to help eliminate this porch pirate crime trend.

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Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.