CORAL SPRINGS, FL - On July 8, a Ring doorbell camera recorded someone removing a box from the doorstep of a Coral Springs home. So the homeowner called Coral Springs police and provided footage.

What happened next is unlike what happens to many of the thousands of home owners and renters every day across the nation who fall victim to “porch pirates:” police identified the suspect.

According to a Coral Springs police news release, Officers James Johnson and Chris Moss made “connections within the community” to find the suspect.

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Within a day, the officers got information on the suspect with assistance and cooperation of family members.

The suspect is a juvenile, and it’s not clear if the youth was arrested or what kind of punishment he or she could face.

Police also didn’t provide information on the specifics of how they found the person or where the crime took place. A police report was not immediately available.

The news release said: “We are so proud of the great police work done by Officer Johnson and Officer Moss. Their insight and initiative to work with the community helped to resolve this incident quickly and build a relationship within this community.”

As home deliveries skyrocket during the coronavirus emergency, packages left on doorsteps can be easy targets for criminals. Here are tips on how to prevent people from running up to your doorstep and stealing packages, according to CNBC:

- Ask your carrier to place your packages in an area out of plain view.

- Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or friend who you know will be home.

- Have your packages held at your local post office for pickup.

- Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option that many stores offer.

Coral Springs police encourage victims of crime to call 954-344-1800 and report their incidents.

 

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