Caught on camera: thieves hit Tri-State homes; one man arrested

The power of security technology and social media play a role in one man’s arrest

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KY & IN (WFIE) - Porch pirate thieves are hitting doorsteps around our viewing area.

The crimes are even happening in broad daylight.

Our reporters spoke with two recent victims who caught the pirates in action on their home security cameras.

A family in Owensboro showed us their home security footage from Saturday afternoon, showing a white male wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bath towel over his head stealing a package.

Daviess County Sheriff deputies tell us they are currently searching for the man as of Tuesday.

Authorities tell us the man was driving a dark-purple colored Hyundai.

Law enforcement officials across the Tri-State tell us these crimes happen more often this time of year, as more people order items online for the Holidays.

On Tuesday afternoon, a woman who lives on North First Avenue in Evansville got an alert on her smart phone, notifying her that someone was on her porch.

It wasn’t the mail delivery worker.

The Evansville homeowner showed us video footage of a man stealing a package off her porch.

She told us she was home at the time and promptly called dispatch to report the theft.

The homeowner says she then posted the video on her social media page the same day, and strangers started notifying her they recognized the man.

She tells us she then called police again to notify that someone online had spotted the same man walking near Fulton Avenue Park. The park is only a few blocks from her home.

Police were able to locate and arrest 38-year-old Jamall Wiley.

Wiley was booked in the Vanderburgh County jail Tuesday evening, accused of theft and drug charges, over stealing the woman’s sweatshirt.

Authorities tell us this is common, but many times, the contents of the packages just aren’t worth the risk of a year in jail.

Police recommend sending packages to your work place during the day. They also suggest you notify a trusted neighbor of a delivery if you’re out of town.

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