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Victim: ‘Porch pirate’ returns package

Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 11:54 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The victim in a “porch pirate” theft in Evansville said the suspect returned the merchandise and left a note.

She said it wasn’t in the original box.

The note showed the suspect claimed it was a mix-up, and she went to the wrong address.

'Porch pirate' merchandise returned
'Porch pirate' merchandise returned(Erin Reynolds)

We shared video of the theft Thursday.

It happened Tuesday afternoon in the 3700 block of Stringtown Road.

You can see a woman, with her hand over her face, walk up to a porch and steal a package.

Police reports show the suspect has distinctive tattoos and drives a white SUV.

The homeowner said she didn’t recognize the woman.

“We all order online these days, and I am not going to let this slide by as no big deal,” the victim said.

The victim says she believes the woman didn’t like the media attention, so that’s why the package was returned.

Police are still investigating. Officers say they know who the thief is, but they have not yet made an arrest.

This is one of many “porch pirate” thefts that continue to happen, despite the increase in security cameras.

Another “porch pirate” theft was listed in Thursday morning’s EPD reports as well. This one happened Monday afternoon on South Saint James Boulevard.

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