Porch thief targets Arlington home ahead of holiday shopping season

Caught on camera: Crook steals packages from doorstep

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A crook was caught on camera, stealing FedEx packages outside a home in Jacksonville's Arlington area. 

Police said the man stole the packages, which contained close to $70 worth of merchandise ordered on Amazon, in the middle of the day. 

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, the theft is yet another example of what can happen to gifts shipped to people's doorsteps.

Rio Roasa and her family recently moved from San Diego to an up-and-coming Arlington neighborhood still under construction. She told News4Jax that she and her husband like to order items on Amazon and have them delivered to their doorstep, but several days ago, they wondered why they never received two items they ordered. 

“We checked the surveillance video and that’s when we found out about this guy," Roasa said.

In the surveillance footage, a man can be seen taking their packages -- despite a posted sign warning about the presence of a security camera.

Though the man's face can't be seen because he never looked into the camera, the video did capture the tattoos he has along his arm.

Roasa said she and her family are not the only family in the community who are missing packages.

“I talked to one of our neighbors and asked if he had packages lost and he said yes," Roasa said. "So he said he might check his cameras also.”

The last thing neighbors want to worry about is theft, especially as the holiday shopping season nears.

“The thing about getting your packages delivered straight to your home is the convenience of it," Roasa said. "You don’t have to go anywhere to pick up your packages, but when things like this happen, you have to wonder what your options are?”

In this case, the Roasas are now considering deliveries to a post office box.

News4Jax crime and safety analyst said there are precautions people can take, which include having packages delivered to the workplace or asking a neighbor to keep an eye out for packages at the doorstep.

People can also request signature service for packages, so they won’t be left at the door when no one is home. 

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