Possible Serial 'Porch Pirate' Strikes Midtown Neighborhood

Wednesday, April 20th 2016, 11:14 pm

By: News On 6

A string of package thefts, one caught on camera, has a midtown Tulsa neighborhood on high alert.

Blake Lovelace poured over his security cameras' footage from Tuesday evening just after 5:00. Specifically, the 60 seconds it took for someone to pull up to his home, rifle through the mail, pluck a package off of the porch and driveway - all in broad daylight.

The footage shows the car pretty clearly, “Someone in a red Chevy pick-up truck, extended cab, pulled up in our driveway, right in front of the front door," Lovelace said.

The Lovelaces said Amazon emailed them that afternoon, telling them UPS delivered their package; but when they got home, the porch was empty. They live in the area of 27th and Lewis.

Lovelace went to his security footage and saw it all play out right in front of him.

"Violation and just anger," he said.

The Oklahoma Crime Prevention Network said it's received several reports of a suspicious red truck, and Blake said two of his neighbors got their packages swiped around the same time.

All three families filed police reports, believing they were hit by a serial porch pirate.

"We know it was systematic as opposed to a 13-year-old down the street, pranking around," said Lovelace.

The Lovelaces' cameras caught the car and the thief, but they didn't get the license plate.

If you have any information on the midtown package thefts, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.


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