Identity-theft suspects caught on video stealing packages in Orange

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Police are looking for two men caught in surveillance video stealing packages from the same home in Orange. (KABC)

Security video shows a man - wearing shorts, a T-shirt and ballcap - walk up to a home in Orange. He enters the gate and heads to the front door.

Without hesitation he picks up a FedEx envelope, delivered just several minutes earlier, then leaves the way he came in.

"Scary, very scary," said the homeowner, in an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News. He only wants to be identified as "John" because he's worried about his safety.

"I felt violated. Somebody who came to my house and took my stuff," John said.

"They're not just stealing packages," said Orange Police Sgt. Phil McMullin. "But (they're) targeting specific individuals for their identity and then stealing the package when it arrives."

Police say the stolen package contained credit cards ordered by someone pretending to be John after stealing his identity. The suspect even signed up to be alerted when the delivery was made.

On Aug. 2, one week after the first theft, a different man, with a shaved head, is seen at John's house around 9 a.m. He looks straight up into the camera, seeming to realize he's on video but still steals a package from the front door. A dark-colored car is seen on the surveillance video leaving the scene, with another person in the driver's seat.

This time John says he found out after receiving an alert from his credit card company.

"I went back to the video and found the clip of him picking it up," John said.

Detectives say they believe the two men may be part of a crew.

"Based on it's the same victim we believe they are working together," McMullin said.

John said he's closed all of his accounts and alerted his banks, but he's still worried.

"I don't know what's out there and I don't know what's going to happen next," he said.

Police say the suspects used the credit cards in Irvine - to get cash advances and to buy items at CVS and Home Depot. The total was about $2,000.

If you recognize the suspects call Orange Police at (714)744-7519.
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