VIDEO: Thief Captured on Video Stealing Package from Front Porch

December 9, 2013 10:26 am · 47 comments

A thief was caught on camera stealing a package from a porch on Nov. 30 at 6:30pm, and the owners of the package want to share the video with their fellow Claycordians in an attempt to capture the thief.

The crime occurred on Rolling Hill Way in Martinez, and they as that if you recognizes this individual, please contact Martinez Police.

A report has also been filed with the police.


1 The Mamba December 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Or better yet, post it here and publicly shame him.

2 Concordejet December 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Let hope we can catch those bad guys stealing package like the crook was arrested last year due to the owner of the house had a very good camera set up.

3 Horse'n Around December 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Well, I think I would of put the camera closer to the door, only because it happened so fast you can’t see a face. Just a person running up the porch. But, at least you know that someone stole your package. That’s sad. I hope Karma get’s him.

4 Marissa December 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

My god, you can’t have anything delivered to your house especially during the christmas season! The lines are horrendous at the post office.

5 parsley December 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The winds are shaking that camera mighty hard.

6 Been There December 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

In Martinez?? Is that snow?

7 anon December 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

This person never moves their right hand. Can’t tell if they are injured or holding something.

8 Sheila December 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

We live in Martinez, not far from the newer part of Rolling Hill Way. That does look like snow, and no, it hasn’t snowed here.

Was this video pulled from You Tube? There is a lot of stealing packages from the porch stories on Claycord that lead to arguments.

9 strange things are afoot in MTZ December 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

This same thing happened to my neighbor a few months back. Only it was a hispanic lady dressed like a house cleaning lady. She grabbed their package and ran down the street towards Center Ave. and jumped into an undiscolosed car driven by a man. A few weeks later, My car as well as my daughters car was broken into. They by-passed our car alarms and after completely ran-sacking the cars only stole our proof of insurance and current car registrations. Plus my grandaughters tiny backpack holding her diapers and a change of clothes. It was tan in color with Tinkerbell on the front. I’m guessing this is all tied together to the same people. Hope they get caught and rott in jail!

10 Silva December 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM

My immediate thought was looks like snow! I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to identify the perp anyway, but maybe the camera could be a bit more strategicaly placed?

11 December 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

This is a legit report. Like we stated in the story, this occurred on Rolling Hill Way in Martinez on November 30th.

12 Gilbert December 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Maybe it’s night vision so it looks like snow?

13 Julie December 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM

If that isn’t snow, it sure looks like it! Could it be lights?

I believe the theft happen. I don’t know if I believe the You Tube video is from Martinez.

Sorry, long term marriage to a cop will make you “skeptical.”

14 December 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The youtube video is from Martinez.

15 NorConcord December 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Its not snow. You can see the thief walk behind it. Possibly carefully groomed shrubs.

16 Hello! December 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I’m pretty sure those are bushes…

17 JanInMartinez December 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

We have a camera system and this is how the view looks at night. EXACTLY the same.

18 Cal Dad December 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

@parsley (#5),

It looks like the person recording this off of their security monitor using another camera; I guess their camera system doesn’t have a way to download the video directly?

While we are on the topic of security cameras, anyone have any experience and recommendations for a 4+ camera system that can record in HD quality (720p or higher, preferably 1080p)? I’d really like to see a system that could actually get a usable image for showing to the authorities. It would obviously need high-resolution, a DVR feature, ability to download videos (not in a proprietary format) and maybe even remote access via the internet.

I saw a Swann HD Platinum system advertised at Fry’s awhile back. I’m not familiar with their specs / quality / etc. so I’d appreciate anyone’s first hand experiences with this or a similar system.

19 jokster December 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Put some dirty depends in a Box and leave for him.
I doubt he would be coming back to your house again.

20 Frosty December 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I hope this guys package was filled with dog leavings – like one fellow said he put into his package on the porch after he had a theft. The dog stuff was picked up in 1/2 hour after he left it. Gotta love that!

21 anon December 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The most you can hope for is someone in the neighborhood recognizes him because this really isn’t much to go on. From my personal experience the police won’t do much unless the owner can provide an actual lead to follow up on.

22 WOW December 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Good idea Jokster or put a colony of ants or some mice in there included with a letter that says F-you!

23 Wassup December 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Everyone should start leaving wrapped boxes of dog poop on their front porches.

24 anon December 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I have $70 cameras that are motion activated and sends me a picture on my phone and email whenever someone comes to my front/back door. There called D-Link cameras.

25 oak grove posse December 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

If you order a camera setup make sure you get it in-store. Don’t get it shipped to your porch ;

26 Anonymous December 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I think the police should coordinate a sting operation with UPS and FedEx. Have a UPS or FedEx truck go on a fake delivery round and drop off a few fake packages. The police could follow a block or so behind the truck (in unmarked cars) and other plain-clothed cops could hang out in the neighborhood and wait for the thieves to strike. They could mount really good cameras on the back of the UPS or FedEx trucks so they could get the license plate on any vehicles who appear to be tailing them. Also, a couple of really good cameras should be installed at the houses with the fake packages.

Better yet, get the post office involved in the sting operation. Tampering with the mail is a federal offense. They’ll serve a longer sentence with no chance of parole.

Let’s all contact our representatives and ask them to make any mail tampering (no matter who delivers the mail) a federal offense. That way, even crooks who steal UPS or FedEx deliveries will be punished in a big way.

27 SIGNATURE REQUIRED December 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Here we go with all the ILLOGICAL arguments (dog poop, etc.) that come with UPS or Fed Ex packages on the porch.

This could easily be avoided with good judgment.

This will never happen in our home. (See screen name).

28 Original G December 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

@Cal Dad
Here are some videos, all kinds of info.
FBI: Caught on Camera, # 25 was made by FBI is really good.
CCTV: TECHNICAL CONCEPTS videos 10 thru 21.

29 Cindy December 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Anon (7) you may be onto something about his right arm. If you slow it down enough there IS something in his right arm as he runs up to the porch. In fact, I think it may be the newspaper. It looks like the thick paper In The plastic thing like on a Sunday or holiday.

I also can talk he’s wearing a baseball hat on backwards. Thus person should contact the newspaper delivery phone number and ask if they want to view the video and see if that’s their delivery person.

30 Craig Cannon December 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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31 Frank L. December 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

@ Cindy~~~(30)

Newspapers are delivered VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING, NOT 6:30 P.M. I hope you’re not a detective.

This guy was probably walking or driving buy, saw the package, and decided to steal it.

Nov. 30 was a Sat., and I don’t believe UPS delivers on Sat. Fed Ex does. Come on people, if you know you have a package coming on Sat., be home to pick it up, especially this time of year.

If you want to call it blaming the victim, have at it.


32 JustSaying... December 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I really think we should all start putting real looking packages in front of our doors and put newspaper (or GARBAGE!) in it. Let the thieves start seeing so many packages around they won’t know the real ones from the fake… Let’s keep them so busy this holiday season.
I wish it could be like the bank where you can put an ink dye pack in it and when they open the box -un washable ink explosion!

33 6:43 December 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

talk about fuzzy numbers. this clearly happened at 6:43.

in all seriousness, i wonder where this happened on rolling hill way. i’m definitely taking a walk up and down my street this evening.

34 Cindy December 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I don’t think there’s any proof that it happened at 6:43pm. Just because that’s what it says on the video clip, we don’t have any way of knowing if the people’s camera has the timer set correctly. All we know us that it was dark out.

35 Cindy December 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Why would anyone run UP TO a house intending to steal a package while at the same time already carrying something in their right hand? Can anyone tell what that is in the right hand?

36 @SIGNATURE REQUIRED December 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

You’re clearly not a “big picture” thinker, which is perfectly understandable. Your narrow view is quite common among the uneducated and simple-minded. So let me explain it to you.

Logic dictates that thieves steal packages from doorsteps because the perceived risk to reward ratio is acceptable to them. By that, I mean that they are unlikely to be punished for the crime and the likelihood of stealing something valuable is relatively high. Are you still with me? Let me know if you need me to type slower.

Now, if we flood our doorsteps with worthless packages (dog poop, newspaper, rocks, nasty notes, etc.), it will soon become apparent to potential package thieves that they have a 90% chance of stealing worthless garbage. Sure, they still aren’t likely to be caught, prosecuted, or punished, but the fact that they have such a high likelihood of ending up with a box of dog poop for their trouble tips the risk to reward ratio solidly to the “not worth the trouble” side.

So, what you consider to be illogical thinking is actually quite the opposite.

37 Shelley December 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

@ Signature Required—–36

You’re stupid. If you don’t leave anything on the porch to begin with, it won’t be stolen.

Even the Mayor advised in a recent thread. Have someone sign, have it delivered to a different address, or have someone be at your home to pick it up.

The whole idea is to not give them anything to steal to begin with, and there won’t be a theft.

People will steal, regardless. Using poop packages won’t cut down the theft. It’s an immature, high school mentality.

Act like an adult.

38 @Shelly December 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Looks like we can add you to the list of simple-minded folks who refuse to see things any way but theirs. Thanks for letting us know.

39 Martizian December 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Do they know what time the package was delivered? Was this someone following the delivery driver or was it way after where it would seem more like a neighbor that could see the package on the doorstep?

40 Sheila December 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

@ Shelly…….(38) (I think she spells her name Shelley

I guess you’re saying the Mayor is a simple-minded person who refuses to see things anyway but his. And the CPD.

If you don’t “get it”, I’m certainly not going to try to explain it to you. Your logic (or lack there of) is way out in left field. I hope you’re young. People wise up through the years………

41 mika December 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

so what good are the cameras? yea you can see the thief, but, then what?

42 RJ December 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I am so glad my neighbors and I carry guns…

43 Marcus December 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I grew up in a high crime area (NW Philly).

Cameras on your porch are of little value, unless you catch the neighborhood kid, and you go knocking on his parents front door.

Cameras at a business are a different story. In cases like this, the only answer is don’t leave the dang package on the porch to begin with.

I pick mine up at UPS and Fed Ex. I’d like to trust a neighbor, but I grew up in an area where you couldn’t trust anyone. I’m trying to let it go, but I’m not there yet.

44 @Sheela December 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I’ve never once seen the mayor call anybody stupid for disagreeing with him/her like Shelly did to me.

45 Dominic T December 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM


You are stupid. The truth hurts. Learn how to spell Shelley, and Sheila.

Not Shelly, and Sheela.

You irritate the living heck out of people.

46 Sharon December 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

I have a big footlocker on my porch, with padlock inside. There’s also a note for UPS, FedEx and USPS to PLEASE put any packages inside and use the provided padlock. Do you think they actually do that? NO! UPS & FedEx are the worst…they just leave packages on top of the footlocker (for the world to see and take) or behind the footlocker! They don’t even bother to ring the doorbell when they make their deliveries! The ONLY reason that I know they’ve been here is because the dogs bark!

47 J. December 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Is your footlocker bolted down?

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