Columbia Police ask for help identifying suspected package thief
COLUMBIA - Police have asked for the community’s help identifying and locating a man accused of stealing packages from a victim’s front porch.
Police said the packages were stolen Wednesday at approximately 3:55 p.m. in the Bay Hills Subdivision.
Homeowner Frank Giboney said he got suspicious when a package did not arrive despite FedEX's tracking number confirmed it got there.
He then checked his home security camera footage and saw two people in a silver sedan pull into his driveway. The driver got out of the car and took his packages while his passenger waited.
"Rather shocked that he would just pull up in someone's driveway, walk in on their front porch, take things, rifle through things and then just nonchalantly leave," Giboney said.
Giboney then called the police and said he waited four hours for a response.
Bay Hills Home Owners Association President Darryl Smith said there have been multiple similar incidents over the past few months.
"It's a bit unusual to have something like this go on," Smith said.
He said this is the first time they have photographed someone.
"It's scary, I mean someone could have driven up, someone could have been home and the incident could have gotten a lot worse," Smith said. "If someone's bold enough to come onto your property and take something from you, you don't know what their intent is."
If you have any information regarding his identity or whereabouts, please contact the Columbia Police Department at (573)874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at (573)875-TIPS, to remain anonymous.
Editor's note: This story has been revised with new information.