A pair of porch pirates recently hit the jackpot in a northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood.
They are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in packages, and it was all caught on a neighbor’s camera.
Oklahoma City police need the public’s help identifying the man and woman in the video that was released on Wednesday.
“We’ve caught a lot of stuff on the camera,” said Morgan Wood, neighbor.
This time, Wood's garage camera caught a pair of thieves in the act. The couple saw an opportunity they could not pass up at a home near NW 10th and Morgan Road.
“This one really takes it to a new level,” said Master Sgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “It’s really an extreme case of porch piracy.”
The new homeowner had a porch full of packages delivered before she moved in from out-of-state. Wood saw the packages and wanted to help, but did not know how to get in touch with her new neighbor.
“We’re a nice neighborhood, and we try to look out for each other,” said Wood. “So, I thought I would at least turn my camera, that way we could catch anything.”
Wood was shocked when she watched two strangers pull into the driveway and casually take nearly all the boxes and a large television.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Wood. “Especially fitting that much stuff in a small car.”
Police think the porch pirates would have taken more if they could.
“It’s never a good idea to have valuables delivered if you or somebody is not going to be there to take possession of them,” said Knight. “Because if you set these on your porch, it’s a crime of opportunity.”
Neighbors who watched the video said they have not seen the thieves around but will keep a close eye out now.
“I hate that for them,” said Chris Swanson, a neighbor. “Especially moving from out-of-state and this was their first experience from Oklahoma, that’s not Oklahoma.”
If you recognize the couple in the video, you are asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 405-235-7300.