Ed. Note: To be honest, the whole thing just makes me sad. Obviously package theft is maddening and frustrating, and maybe I’m reading too much Humans of New York, but after reading the flyer I feel a bit bad for the guy. Obviously, he shouldn’t be stealing. Of course. Let me be crystal clear – stealing is wrong. But I’m wondering, why is he stealing? What got him to this point? Maybe he is a selfish jerk or maybe he’s had a really tough life and is in a bad spot.
Anyway, I’m just depressed about how divided our city has become and it feels like it’s getting worse. I’m left with this nagging sadness. I hope this guy stops stealing. I hope he can be healed. I hope our city can be healed. I’m not terribly optimistic at the moment. I’m going for a walk.
A reader reports reports from Trinidad:
“Cool it, Morpheus just gets me every time I read it. Transcript below…
Have you seen this man?
Seen on camera swiping packages at 4pm on 3/27
He puts them underneath his out of style leather jacket.
Seriously are you an extra in the Matrix? (more…)
2018 ladies and gentlemen. 2018 cont. Thanks to Michelle for sending the update from USA Today:
“The creator of a viral prank video which claimed to shame porch thieves using a high-tech glitter bomb has admitted that some of the reactions in the video were faked.”
I posted this as a comment response to my recent viral tweet/video but I’m posting it as a new tweet as well: pic.twitter.com/g2VHsQWh1z
— Mark Rober (@MarkRober) December 20, 2018
This guy stole our packages on Christmas on Warder st! One package was a gift from my friend :(
Also, take a look at his IKEA bag! We definitely were not the first house!”
It’s not quite glitter bomb revenge awesome but it’s pretty great. Here’s to small victories! Thanks to Lucy for sending from Capitol Hill.
hahaha thanks to LJDinDC for sharing from Upworthy:
“That’s right, once the thieves opened the stolen package, their car or homes would be assaulted by one full point of glitter and a fart spray device that emitted a synthetic gaseous smell every 30 seconds. And it would be posted online for the world to see.”
You gotta watch it: (more…)
Thank you for this post. I recently moved to Trinidad and really love this neighborhood. I live on a street where people watch out for each other.
The person shown in the pictures below was caught stealing on camera around halloween outside of my neighbor’s house. Then my neighbor saw him days later stealing across the street. The police arrested him after he was identified and they found packages in his backpack.
He was held for 17 days and then let back on the street. (more…)
A few recent emails:
“I’m missing a package that says delivered. I was home and sure the mailman put it at the wrong door. Can we remind neighbors this holiday season to have a heart. If it’s delivered a street over just throw it on the right porch. mine is only worth 23 bucks but it’s a hassle.”
“Columbia Heights / Mount Pleasant Package Thief
No matter how small, please report package thefts to the police. I caught this individual trying to gain access to our building after successfully stealing packages the previous night. He had the nerve to show up in the exact same clothing. The police said they couldn’t do anything because a previous report hadn’t been made. They said the can only arrest on a second-sighting.” (more…)
Passing along video/screenshot of thief stealing two packages from my front porch in Logan Circle yesterday. From the looks of his bag (and the other packages in it), he had been visiting several other porches, as well.
Hoping you might consider posting the photo and general location in order to put others on notice/to be aware.”
I have to say irony is fairly entertaining. I recently recorded an individual casing our property for a possible future break in. I emailed the video the police and they recommended a sign to try to help deter an future theft. I ordered the sign on amazon along with a ten dollar motion light. When it got delivered Sunday, it appears my neighbors were the culprit(s). (more…)
Captured a video of someone walking down the street with a bag full of goodies already, stopping in our yard to help himself to another package the UPS delivery guy stashed in the bushes. If anyone recognizes this guy please contact MPD where there’s a report already on file for him. (Oh and if you live in Capitol Hill and happened to have a package stolen Saturday afternoon, this might be your guy.)
Cops said they recognize him but haven’t been able to catch him in the act yet. He’s been known to become violent when approached, so call 911 if you see him rather than confronting. (more…)