CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It was the middle of the night in a south Charlotte neighborhood off Sharon Road. Earlier two packages had been delivered to a home's front door. The owner's weren't home and someone noticed.
"He saw the packages and he had the opportunity and he took it," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.
Roddey wants to know who "he" is. A video camera captured the scene. A young man, probably between 5' 8" and 5' 10" strolled up to the door. He peaked inside the window. There was no dog, no people. It was easy pickings.
"He knows nobody is around, neatly stacks the packages grabs them and keeps going cut-and-dry real quick," said Roddey. "The thing is he hit another house prior to that."
As more of us rely on home delivery, these kinds of crimes are on the rise. Roddey says across the country last year, 23 million people didn't receive packages they were expecting.
"It's like the unlocked car thing," said Roddey. "You can prevent it, you can definitely prevent it from happening."
Detective Roddey says track your packages so you know when they'll arrive. If you work during the day see if you can get them delivered to your job place. If you're on vacation have them delivered to a relative or trusted friend. Many companies also do vacation holds if you know you're traveling.
Detective Roddey also recommends insuring your deliveries, just in case what happened at in south Charlotte happens to you. Police do have a good chance to solve this one, because of the one thing, the thief didn't notice.
"They had a nice camera sitting up. The guy didn't even notice it," said Roddey. "He walks right up and shows his face real well somebody should easily be able to recognize this young man."
The suspect is facing serious charges. Stealing packages is the same as stealing mail. It could lead to federal charges and a five-year prison sentence if convicted. If you can help identify the suspect call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.