Porch Pirate at Work

A man snatches a parcel off a South Pasadena doorstep last month — part of what police said is a continuing problem.
Photo Courtesy of South Pasadena Police Department

Porch pirates continue to pillage in South Pasadena, as this security video released by police shows.

Police last week sent out an alert about this man, who was spotted around 3:45 p.m. on July 14 snatching a parcel from the doorstep of a residence in the 300 block of Hawthorne Alley. Police said the man stole the package and then dashed to a nearby white van, which was being driven by a second suspect.

The man pictured was described as white, about 6 feet tall, between 180 and 200 pounds, wearing black pants, black shoes and a black T-shirt with unknown print on the front.

The driver of the van was not seen in the video.

The package contained a collapsible wagon, police said.

Anyone with information about the suspect, or the heist, was asked to call South Pasadena detectives at (616) 403-7280.

South Pasadena Det. Richard Lee, in an interview published by the Review last month, noted a rise in such crimes, calling it “a constant thing” that residents need to guard against.

“It used to be during the holidays there was a big spike, but now it’s occurring throughout the year,” Lee said.

In June, there were six such doorstep heists in South Pasadena compared to one last June, according to police data. July statistics were not immediately available.

In a bulletin distributed in July, police warned that residents should use shippers’ tracking systems so they’ll know when packages can be expected to be delivered and make accommodations so that deliveries won’t sit unattended for long periods on doorsteps.

Police also said that if residents cannot pick up deliveries promptly, they should arrange for neighbors to do so, or consider using Amazon lockers.