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"Porch Pirate" steals children Christmas gifts from porch



SHERWOOD, Ark. (KATV) – The holidays are known as the time of giving, but for porch pirates it's the time of entry.

Homeowner Jennifer Garrett says she received word that her children had received Christmas gifts Thursday afternoon, but when she got home, there was nothing there.

It was not until she had checked her safety data that she realized what had happened.

"He casually parked his car and had difficulty opening the door, slowly he walked on to the porch and left."

Security photographs show that a man in a dark SUV once passed her house, returning in the driveway drove and took the pile of presents.
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Osborne called the police and went to Facebook to spread the word.

His post with the security photographs was shared more than 400 times.

"We started receiving messages from people who said they knew who it was," Osborne said.

If the security cameras were not, the homeowners would say they never knew what happened to their delivery

"I think the most important thing is to watch out for your neighbors and anyone with an eye and holding cameras," Osborne said.

While the couple has doubts about getting their parcels back Garrett says they just want their neighbors to be on alert.

"As long as it prevents it from happening to anyone else, that's a gr Ooo thing for us, "she said.

The couple says the KATV police believe they knew the man who took the parcels, but he has not been arrested yet.

On Monday, the US Attorney's Office will hold a press conference to announce a joint initiative called Operation Porch Pirate

The US Post and Little Rock Police will work together to prosecute Post Thieves.

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