Watch: Porch Bandit Sets His Sights Too Big, Pays The Ultimate Price

July 2, 2019
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Florida: Police nab a greedy porch pirate whose eyes were obviously bigger than his back seat. The crook attempted to snag a huge box right off of the homeowner’s porch.

The box is clearly too big to fit in the back of the bandit’s car but does that stop him from trying? Absolutely not.

There’s new proof that porch pirates are getting more daring, if not more reckless. New video shows a Florida thief stealing a package so big, he can’t even get it into his car. At one point, he tries to move the front seat up to try to fit it in back. He even drops his shoulder and throws his body weight behind it to jam it in.

Luckily, the homeowner came out and the thief tried to flee but was later arrested by police. Police have not yet identified the thief.

Packages being stolen off of homeowner’s porches has become such a problem that Jersey City has basically booby-trapped boxes. In several neighborhoods, police have set out bait — Amazon boxes rigged with GPS tracking device to catch so-called porch pirates, who brazenly pilfer peoples’ packages right off their stoops. Victims include Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

“My wife is expecting and we had a baby shower and some of the packages were stolen, so I’ve experienced it firsthand,” Fulop said.

Thieves nipped a package from Police Chief Mike Kelly, too.

“I lost two dress shirts, and I didn’t report it,” he said.

Porch Pirate Swipes Loot That Won't Fit in Getaway Car

He's a persistent 'porch pirate' whose booty is bigger than his back seat. Now one horrified homeowner is revealing the crazy crime caught on camera as the crook can't fit the stolen goods into the getaway car. Are these criminals getting more brazen? And what's in the box? https://abc7.la/31d6Mrd

Posted by ABC7 on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Most people don’t, but one study estimates porch pirates hit 26 million Americans in 2016, or one in 12 people. This year, exasperated Jersey City officials reached out to Amazon, which ships more than 600 million packages a year, and asked for help. The company sent rechargeable GPS transponders, which detectives tuck inside bogus merchandise, like dolls and sneakers. The rigged items get packed inside Amazon boxes and left on porches. Police wait for thieves to take the bait.

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