Police Searching For 'Porch Pirate' Who Hit NW OKC Home
OKLAHOMA CITY - Rain or shine, Oklahoma City Police said porch pirates sweep through metro neighborhoods on a regular basis. The latest to strike was caught on camera.
It happened on Saturday, Feb. 17 at a home in a neighborhood near NW 63rd Street and N. Independence Avenue.
The suspect is seen in home surveillance video carrying a red gas container in one hand and walked right up to the victim's porch. The homeowner's camera near the front door caught him in plain view.
The suspect is described as a white male having a full beard and mustache, with long brown hair in a ponytail.
There were several packages on the porch but he only walked away with one - a package that contained women's clothing. Police said porch pirates will take whatever is available.
“Anytime you leave an item of value outside,” said Msgt. Gary Knight. “Somebody will take it, if they are of the mindset to do so.”
The victim may never get her package back, but police think someone out there will recognize the suspect. They also want to use the latest theft as a reminder to the public on how to protect valuables.
“If you are going to have a package or some other type of item delivered to your home,” said Knight. “Take the time to have it delivered to a neighbor’s house or held at the post office or sent to your place of employment.”
If you recognize this man, or if you have any information regarding this crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.