Police: Evansville ‘porch pirate’ caught, others to follow

Porch pirates targeting online shoppers in Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Along with the increase in online shopping during the holiday season, porch pirates are becoming a rampant problem.

Evansville Police say they started seeing issues with porch pirates back in mid November.

Over on Washington Avenue, the same home was hit by porch pirates twice in three days.

Surveillance from theft on Washington
Surveillance from theft on Washington (Source: Evansville Police)
Surveillance from theft on Washington
Surveillance from theft on Washington (Source: Evansville Police)

It happened on SE First Street as well.

Surveillance from theft on SE First Street
Surveillance from theft on SE First Street (Source: Evansville Police)

Many people have cameras that help police catch these thieves when it happens, but it doesn’t always prevent it from happening.

During the incident on SE First, a suspect rang the doorbell, waited until nobody answered and then stole the box that was sitting on the porch.

“You’d think it would serve as a deterrent, some people may adjust how they are doing their business when they are coming up to the homes," said Sgt. Jason Cullum. "But just like we for years have asked and advocated for, if you have a home security system, if you have some type of signage that indicates that, you’re making your home a harder target than other homes.”

Sgt. Cullum says one of the people involved with the theft on Washington Ave. was taken into custody Thursday.

Matthew Bishop, 37, is facing a theft charge.

Matthew Bishop
Matthew Bishop (Source: Evansville Police)

Sgt. Cullum says more arrests will follow.

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