BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to authorities, package theft has seen a spike over the last weeks, partially because of the holiday season. Fortunately, one victim had a camera to capture video of the thief.
It’s supposed to be a happy time with your family and now you’ve got to scramble. Christmas is quickly approaching and now you’ve got to go shop again if your package was stolen.
Unfortunately, this has become of common concern across the country. One of the latest trends people are taking advantage of is installing doorbells equipped with cameras, a device that could help you and your neighbors. Law enforcement officials say it gives owners a since of security, as well as helps with investigations.
“If you’ve got a camera, use it. Go back and look through the footage. It may take some time, but look through it. You could be saving someone else’s holiday and saving somebody a lot of money,” said Luke Shiroda, a victim of package theft.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says they are also working to catch current perpetrators and prevent new ones. However, they want to encourage everyone to protect themselves from becoming potential victims.
“We want to remind people to get with whoever their packages are coming from, with the delivery carrier, get a signature so that way someone has to sign for that package when it is delivered,” said Sgt. Don Coppola.
If that isn’t an option, some companies, including Amazon and FedEx, offer alternate delivery spots. You can have your package delivered to a safe place like Whole Foods or Walgreens for you to pick up later.
One of the suspects caught on camera, Darrell Williams, 59, was arrested Monday, Dec. 24. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the victim, who lives in the 4200 block of Hyacinth Ave., says on Dec. 11 around 8 a.m., she put some package on her front porch to be picked up for delivery. She says she got a notification on her phone that someone was at her front door and when she checked, the packages were gone. After calling the delivery service, the victim says they told her they had not yet picked up her packages.
The victim checked her security camera and saw someone taking the packages. Crime Stoppers received several tips providing the suspect’s name and license plate number. Police contacted Williams, who reportedly admitted to taking the packages. Williams is charged with theft.