FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – When Sierra Zamora discovered that an expected Amazon package wasn’t on her doorstep, she checked her security recordings.
What she saw shocked her.
The footage showed an adult walking on the sidewalk in front of her house, apparently searching the porches for packages.
They go back to their car and then walk back to the house with a young child.
“It was just sad to see,” said Zamora.
She has lived in her home for 11 years and has never stolen a package from her porch.
Another camera, closer to the front door, shows the small child approaching the porch. The child looks confused.
She sees the adult for advice, then sprints towards the package and grabs it.
“The saddest part is that they were wearing their pajamas. Whoever it was just got them out of their car in their pajamas to steal this package,” said Zamora.
She says the package contained a laptop charger piece, nothing she says is too valuable.
But it turned out to be tempting to other porch pirates.
“We got the same package 3 days later and it was stolen,” said Zamora.
Shaw Creek Condos community mailboxes were broken into across town, in northeast Fresno Thursday morning.
Countless mail pieces were stolen.
Both mail thieves and portal pirates are more common this time of year, so the U.S. Post says to be careful.
“When people are away from home or aren’t sure they can pick up mail, they can always have their mail delivered to the post office,” said Matthew Norfleet, USPS postal inspector
He also advises picking up the mail as soon as possible.
“The Post offers some tools to remind people when their mail comes in. Customers can use the informed delivery to be informed on a daily basis of what mail awaits them in their mailbox, ”said Norfleet.
You can sign up for informed delivery on the USPS website.
If you see someone actively stealing mail, call 911 and the postal inspectors immediately. Don’t approach criminals yourself.
You can report theft of mail to the Postal Service at 877-876-2455 or online at uspis.gov.
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