UPDATE: Videos catch people stealing packages from Columbia doorsteps

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, November 19 2017 Nov 19, 2017 Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:00:00 PM CST November 19, 2017 in News
By: Anthony Holtschlag, KOMU 8 Reporter and Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
loading

COLUMBIA - Videos surfacing from two Columbia neighborhoods show individuals stealing packages from doorsteps. 

A video from a neighbor in southwest Columbia's Thornbrook neighborhood shows an individual stealing a package from a doorstep. Shortly after KOMU 8 shared the video on Facebook, a neighbor from the Bellwood neighborhood shared another video of someone stealing a package from a doorstep.

Video from around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bellwood neighborhood shows a person running to the doorstep, taking a package and running back to a vehicle. 

Some residents from the Thornbrook neighborhood grew suspicious of the multiple thefts happening there, some even taking place before October, and began to record video to catch the man in his stride.

Video from around 6 p.m. Saturday in the Thornbrook neighborhood shows a person pulling up to the property owner's driveway in an SUV. After a while, the thief looks around, grabs the package at the doorstep and quickly drives away. 

According to Thornbrook neighbor Jeff Rackers, the thief waits for packages to be delivered by UPS, FedEx and USPS before making a move to steal them.

"I don't think this is just our neighborhood, I think this is multiple neighborhoods that this is going on," Rackers said.

Some neighbors have even started to leave decoy boxes with notes to the thief. Some neighbors have installed more cameras and other security devices in an extended effort to catch this individual.

"The awareness is probably the biggest thing," Rackers said of his own neighborhood. "They're watching, and they're looking and actively trying to catch this guy."

The Columbia Police Department has acknowledged the Thornbrook thefts. A picture of the vehicle and other relevant information is on CrimeStoppers' page

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information about a separate package theft in the Bellwood neighborhood.)

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — Maries County deputies asked the public for help identifying two people who broke into a church and stole... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 9:45:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Cars 4 Kids event scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to rain in the forecast. Organizers... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 6:04:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 50 cats and dogs will be available for adoption at the Central Missouri Humane Society for a... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 5:47:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One Columbia mother said a school bus driver let her son get off the bus more than a... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 4:41:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A U.S. District Judge ruled against State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, in a lawsuit about her... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 4:24:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A preliminary autopsy performed on Friday could not determine the gender or age of the infant remains found... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 3:46:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A series of earthquakes shook parts of Kansas on Friday morning near Hutchinson, knocking... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 3:38:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia apologized after a community relations worker took a selfie at a crime scene. ... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 2:21:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
VIENNA - A relief fund has been established for six firefighters injured Friday fighting a fire turned explosion at a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 12:34:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MoDOT is teaming up with a major player in the ride-share industry as part of this year's 'Drive... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 3:14:00 AM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds snapped the St. Louis Cardinals' five game winning streak Thursday night with a 2-1 win.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:34:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in Sports
SEDALIA – Governor Mike Parson told reporters Thursday he is considering a special session. The session would involve tax... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:14:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
HALLSVILLE - Local businesses, churches, and families painted the town purple and gold to welcome students back on their first... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:56:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
JACKSON COUNTY - Authorities have identified the body recovered from Blind Pony Lake earlier this week as Jackson County resident... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police have identified a body found in north Columbia Thursday as an infant less than one year old.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:16:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - As students start at or return to school, enrollment at Columbia Public schools continues to rise. The... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who walked into a Missouri Walmart with loaded weapons and wearing body armor acknowledges... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:44:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri election officials are defending how they handled a petition to put new abortion restrictions... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:32:57 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
1pm 84°
2pm 85°
3pm 86°
4pm 87°