Magazine salesman imposter steals packages from porches

Magazine salesman imposter steals packages from porches
The video captures the thief grabbing the package and taking off. A camera on his roof captured a clear image of the suspect.
The video captures the thief grabbing the package and taking off. A camera on his roof captured a clear image of the suspect.
Tracey Wiswall's surveillance cameras and his electronic neighborhood watch site helped solve the reoccurring crime.
Tracey Wiswall's surveillance cameras and his electronic neighborhood watch site helped solve the reoccurring crime.

(WMC) - A suspect was going door to door posing as a magazine sales person, but when no one answered, he would snatch packages from the doorsteps. It was all caught on camera.

Tracey Wiswall's surveillance cameras and his electronic neighborhood watch site helped solve the reoccurring crime.

It started a week ago when he got confirmation about a package delivery.

"I got here; the package was gone. So I looked at the video and there he was. He came from my neighbors', took it and left," said Wiswall.

The video captures the thief grabbing the package and taking off. A camera on his roof captured a clear image of the suspect. Wiswall posted it on Nextdoor.com.

Everyone was on the lookout and a week later, Mike Armstrong spotted the man and called police.

"It's awesome knowing that everybody joined together to make it happen," 'said Armstrong.

On Thursday, the suspect was arrested all because of this virtual neighborhood watch, giving everyone a voice and an extra set of eyes.

'It's all about levels of security, you have alarms, a dog, a security company, but if you have a neighborhood network of people who are looking out for each other, all that is what makes your neighborhood safer, "said Wiswall.

As for the package contents, it was a homebrew accessory valued at just $65, certainly not worth it for the package thief in the long run.

More than 200 Memphis neighborhoods use Nextdoor.com.

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