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South Huntington Package Thief Caught On Camera

Reported by: Send eMail Sean DeLancey
Reported: Jul. 15, 2014 10:01 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 9:03 AM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Houses have security systems, chains and deadbolts to keep everything safe inside, but the outside of your home is harder to protect.

A security video, taken in the 1100 block of 12th Avenue, shows a man taking packages right off one home's front porch in broad daylight.

"Apparently, he did not realize we have a very active community watch program," Amy Ward, president of the South Side Neighborhood Organization, said.

Gordon White has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years, and said one of the members saw the security video posted on the neighborhood watch Facebook page, then saw the same man walking down the street.

White said the member snapped several pictures and called police before the man ran away.

"It upsets you," White said, "When you know the people, it becomes sort of a personal affront to you."

Neighbors said they have seen the man in the area for weeks and in the same time span packages have gone missing from at least four houses.

White said neighborhood watch programs, as long as neighbors keep an eye out for one another, can be the deadbolt and chain that porches don't have.

"To have neighbors who will look after you, that's a really good feeling," White said.

The man in the security tape is still on the loose. If anyone has information that could help police, they are urged to call the Huntington Police Department at 304-696-4444.



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