by: Maria Guerrero Updated:
BOTHELL, Wash. - Bothell residents say it’s happening repeatedly: A thief caught on camera swiping packages during the holidays.
"I was expecting a package that we ordered on Amazon and I went ‘Wait, the package should have been delivered already,’" said resident Dandy Weyn.
Weyn turned to the surveillance camera on his front door. Oddly, delivery after delivery made it on Dec. 18.
But about an hour later, the video reveals something disturbing. A woman drives up and doesn’t miss a step. She rushes over and takes what’s not hers. She’s driving a blue Mitsubishi SUV.
Too bad for the crook there’s no treasure inside the box, only $140 worth of fliers.
"Quite surprising," said Weyn of the theft caught on camera. “I didn't believe it. I go, like, ‘Wow. I mean, why would somebody do that and not even see a security camera up there?"
Weyn warned neighbors and found he wasn’t alone.
"I assumed it was a mix up in the delivery until I started hearing that it was happening to other people," said neighbor Sandy Madan.
Madan says his Groupon delivery was swiped earlier in December.
Both men and other neighbors believe the lady in the video may be to blame.
"It's just really sad. It's sad that the world has come to this," said resident Vicki Ezell.
In the days following these brazen thefts, some in this neighborhood are turning the tables on the crooks -- and not just by having their surveillance cameras rolling.
"I'm actually planning on a box out, the box is there but I haven't done it yet, and just put a tracking device in so you can capture where they're going," said Weyn.
Whether you are ordering for yourself or someone else, experts say you should ask for a signature upon delivery. That way if someone’s not home, the package won’t be left on the doorstep.