Wardrobe Malfunction: Alleged Porch Pirate Wears the Same T-Shirt to Court Appearance That Was Worn the Day Before During Alleged Package Thefts

"Well, sometimes people actually do make our job easy" - Goose Creek Police Department.

November 16, 2020

Package theft suspect during a court appearance and captured on camera the previous day [Goose Creek Police Department]

Package theft suspect during a court appearance and captured on camera the previous day [Goose Creek Police Department]

By: Julien McNab

In a recently released statement the Goose Creek Police Department (South Carolina) announced that a man was taken into custody after making an unrelated court appearance wearing the same distinct t-shirt he was wearing when caught on camera the day before while allegedly stealing packages off of residents' porches.

Last week a member of the Goose Creek Resident Group on Facebook alerted the community that a porch pirate had stolen an Amazon package off her neighbor's porch and discarded the empty box in her trash can, adding that the "dumb crook" then stole a package off of her own porch and placed it in his backpack. The image of the perpetrator that accompanied the post helped link the man appearing in court to the alleged thief.

Sidenote/observation: the man was not even wearing a mask when committing the thefts, thus forgoing the opportunity to somewhat conceal his identity.

According to Security.org occurrences of residential package theft has spiked during the Covid-19 pandemic to levels usually seen during the holidays. Because more people are spending more time at home placing online orders, and because there are less residential break-ins, thieves have resorted to this form of theft. Security.org also claims that this past spring and summer 65% of houses that have doorbell cameras or security systems have filed police reports about package theft.

AARP reports that nearly 1 in 5 Americans have fallen victim to "box bandits" from March to June of this year.

Both AARP and Security.org have handy tips on how to not let a Grinch steal your package.

Goose Creek Police Deaprtment [Facebook]

Goose Creek Police Deaprtment [Facebook]

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