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'Porch pirate' strikes Northwest D.C. home, resident shares surveillance video with police

'Porch pirate' strikes Northwest D.C. home, resident shares surveillance video with police (Surveillance Footage)

This week, shoppers have been busy picking up last minute gifts — and so have thieves.

Anthony Burley said his home surveillance video recorded a porch pirate.

“I do feel bad for them. What would force them to actually lead this type of life to steal something from someone else,” said Burley.

The Northwest Washington resident installed the security camera after his daughter’s Christmas presents were stolen last year.

Burley believes the person who stole the package was following delivery trucks. He shared the video with MPD.

Last week, 7 On Your Side also shared video of a thief stealing a box in Southeast D.C. Around the same time, a Capitol Hill neighborhood was hit.

Friday in Montgomery County, investigators returned dozens of stolen gifts they recovered after arresting five teens who are suspected of stealing them.

Burley posted a note on his front door, which reads: “Thief. In the spirit of holiday spirit, we will not have you thrown in jail for stealing our packages. Take another package and we will take our security camera and footage to the police. Thank you.”

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