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Norco mail theft investigation underway; suspect caught on video

Residents are installing surveillance cameras outside their homes in an attempt to crack down on mail theft in Norco.
January 15, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Residents are installing surveillance cameras outside their homes in an attempt to crack down on mail theft in Norco.

A female suspect was caught on surveillance video taking a package that didn't belong to her. What she didn't realize was that she was being recorded.

"We call them 'porch shoppers', they actually drive by the homes, see if there is a package, and come back and retrieve it," said Devon Willard, a theft victim.

'Porch shopping' is what Willard and her neighbors came up with following a string of similar thefts on their street.

Willard says she installed security cameras around her home in the spring, after her mail was stolen.

"We've just been watching," said Willard. When someone says their mail has been stolen on our street, we look up the video, and kind of see if we can get a license plate or anything."

Willard went straight to her surveillance video, when UPS confirmed her 11-year-old son's air-soft gun had arrived but was nowhere in sight.

In the video, a woman is seen driving past Willard's home in what appears to be an early 2000 model white Mitsubishi Eclipse. She then makes a U-turn and pulls into the driveway, where she casually walks up and takes the package left on the doorstep.

"Unfortunately this was not our normal UPS driver from what I can tell in the video," said Willard, "they put it directly on the front porch in plain view and did not knock or ring the doorbell."

What's worse, Willard says she was home when the delivery was made and when the thief made off with the package.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the thefts was asked to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Norco Station at (951) 270-5673.


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