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Porch pirate dressed as Amazon employee arrested

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A person accused of dressing up as an Amazon supply driver to steal packages was taken into custody on Monday evening, in keeping with Philadelphia police.

Motion Information was there because the suspect was arrested within the metropolis’s Fishtown neighborhood.

Over the weekend, surveillance video captured the suspect parking his bike on East Oxford Avenue. Video exhibits him stroll as much as a house on the 1300 block, take a bundle on the doorstep, nod at somebody passing by and take his time driving away.

On Monday evening, the suspect was noticed pedaling by a close-by neighborhood with a number of stolen parcels, together with a case of bubbly glowing water, audio system and a field of Birkenstock footwear.

The bike the suspect was utilizing was additionally recovered on the scene.

Police are nonetheless investigating how the person managed to get an Amazon vest, and for the way lengthy he’d been focusing on properties on this neighborhood.

Fishtown resident Trey Dodge says he is had packages stolen no less than half a dozen instances.

“They by no means steal something helpful. There was a child’s water bottle and a shirt or one thing,” mentioned Dodge.

Dodge this incident was very near his dwelling.

As supply service has exploded through the pandemic, so has theft. A survey from C+R Analysis confirmed that about 43% of web shoppers had a bundle stolen in 2020. In the meantime, Amazon’s income tripled within the final 12 months.

Sara Boyer, who lives close to Dodge, needed to change her bundle plans.

“We used to get them despatched to my husband’s work as a result of we knew it wasn’t secure to have them close to right here or delivered right here in case they acquired stolen, however he works from dwelling now,” mentioned Boyer.

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Philadelphia police say they’re wanting into studies of porch pirates city-wide, however do not preserve monitor of information on how typically packages are stolen. Dodge says that is a part of the rationale he did not initially make a report.

Dodge additionally says he reported the theft to Amazon.

The corporate mentioned it’s wanting into it. Amazon additionally touted a few of its options to Motion Information, reminiscent of supply monitoring, and choices for warehouse and locker decide up for individuals apprehensive about leaving packages on their doorsteps.

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