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Video and "Next Door" App Help Catch Suspected Package Thief

We all like the convenience of front door delivery. Thieves like it too. But one suspect found out what can happen when there's an in home security camera system and active homeowners on a neighborh
We all like the convenience of front door delivery. Thieves like it too. But one suspect found out what can happen when there's an in home security camera system and active homeowners on a neighborhood social media site called "Next Door."


Security camera video shows exactly what happened to packages delivered to the front porch of a home in the Fall Creek Place Neighborhood.

A thief makes a quick pick up in broad daylight, to the surprise of neighbors.


"Wow! That's what they do. They're opportunists," said Paul Deem after reviewing the video.


"Off we go huh," said Scott Jones. "Happens all the time," he added.


Jones knows the frustration of missing deliveries, it's happened to him.


"It's unfortunate. I think it's something that's prevalent in a lot of places. And people just don't have any respect for other people's property," Jones told Eyewitness News.


Brian Hunt was expecting his packages on Monday. When he couldn't find them, he knew where to look.


"When I went to the security tapes, found out that somebody picked them up that I didn't know, hen quickly posted it online." said Hunt describing his efforts to find the suspect.


Hunt posted the video on YouTube AND on the "Next Door" app for his neighborhood.

Alert homeowners quickly responded including a woman who had her eyes peeled on a possible suspect blocks away.


"On the way home said 'hey I recognize this guy walking down Penn right now." By the time I arrived on the scene over there they already had him in handcuffs," said Hunt.


According to police reports, 55-year old Anthony Davis was arrested for theft of United States Postal Service and UPS packages. Police said Hunt's video evidence could prove it.


"Hey we got him! One down. We're tired of these..we're tired of these petty thefts," said Hunt giving credit to the "next Door" app and his neighbors.


An IMPD spokesman says he has not seen any other case quite like this one. They're hoping the "Next Door" app will help homeowners to protect their neighborhoods across the city.