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Some Nashville neighborhoods hot spots for porch thieves

Posted: Updated: Nov 06, 2017 09:46 PM
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The News 4 I-Team has analyzed all the reports of stolen packages from doorsteps and zeroed in on the top three areas where it's happening the most.

It was surveillance video that ruined Halloween for the Brown family.

“We buy a lot of things online. We buy a lot from Amazon and other places,” Collin Brown said.

When Collin and his wife were expecting three packages that weren’t there, they knew something was up.

They looked at their security camera and found out someone had stolen their boxes right off their front porch.

"She sat down on our front porch and kind of scooted back and reached behind the bushes. The packages were behind our front bushes, and she just kind of sneakily grabbed the packages and slid off our front porch,” Brown said.

And the same crime happened just three weeks ago.

"We didn't really do much about it the first time but I was pretty upset this time,” Brown said.

Brown filed a police report. The I-Team found he lives in one of the top three Metro areas experiencing the most porch thieves.

Those neighborhoods are 12th South, Sylvan Park and areas of East Nashville.

Brown lives on Gilmore Avenue. Several other packages have been stolen within a half-mile radius. On Bellwood Avenue in Sylvan Park, multiple packages have been stolen all within a mile of each other since September. And within two miles of Mcferrin Avenue in East Nashville, at least four packages have been stolen.

In that same area, Jessica Douglas is charged with stealing more than $150 worth of stuff off someone’s porch. According to police, she was also caught on camera taking the package.

"It's a great tool. It doesn't prevent but it helps prevent,” said Sergeant Steve Linn with the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Police believe people are investing more in security cameras, and when that fails, they hope for neighbors like Anita Benner. When Benner saw two men scoping out neighbors’ porches, she whipped out her phone.

"One guy quickly popped out from the passenger seat, walked up to the front porch where there were two big packages sitting from Macy’s, grabbed them, let the mail fall to the ground, then got in the car and drove away,” Benner said.

"It was bizarre to see it and to feel helpless to stop it,” she added.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes the man Benner took photos of to contact them. They say he is well known to police and wanted for committing several other package thefts.

Police said one way to avoid becoming a victim is to have your package delivered to a neighbor or where you work if you know you’re not going to be at home.

Stealing packages is a federal offense and could lead to felony theft charges.

These are the locations where police have received reports of stolen packages since September:

  • 6400 block of Charlotte Avenue
  • 2200 block of Woodmont Boulevard
  • 200 block of Sawyer Brown Road
  • 100 block of 38th Avenue North
  • 3600 Whitland Avenue
  • 3600 Bellwood Avenue
  • 2900 Woodlawn Drive
  • 500 block of Copperfield Way
  • 1800 block of Haden Court
  • 2300 block of 20th Avenue South
  • 800 block of Halcyon Avenue
  • 2200 block of 11th Avenue South
  • 2700 block of Craig Avenue
  • 4900 block of Danby Drive
  • 100 block of McMurray Circle
  • 900 block of Gilmore Avenue
  • 2100 block of Natchez Trace
  • 2800 block of Oakland Avenue
  • 2300 block of Dalebrook Court
  • 1400 block of Forrest Avenue
  • 300 block of Prince Street
  • 800 block of Fatherland Street
  • 700 block of McFerrin Avenue

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