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Porch Pirate Caught Stealing Package In Westchester, Police Say

A real life grinch was caught red-handed.
A real life grinch was caught red-handed. Video Credit: Yonkers Police Department

A real-life Grinch is in police custody after he was caught red-handed stealing a package from the front door of a Westchester home.

Joshua Ismail, 25, of Bruce Avenue in Yonkers, was arrested this week after he was caught on camera stealing a neighbor’s package and walking off with it, according to Yonkers Police.

In the video, hecan be seen walking on Bruce Avenue in sweatpants and a hoodie doing a double-take when he saw the package. He proceeded to walk up to the porch, steal the package and casually take off with it.

Investigators did not disclose what was stolen. Ismail was arrested this week and charged with petit larceny for stealing the package. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date to respond to the charge.

Police said that locals should be vigilant for people or vehicles that are unfamiliar to the neighborhood, and arrangements should be made to have packages delivered while one is at home, or to have a trusted person secure the items.

Officials recommend:

  • Request packages to be placed in a less conspicuous spot, such as a side door or behind a planter or garbage can.
  • Many shipping companies now allow you to request a delivery time or time frame – schedule packages for when someone is home.
  • Install a smart security camera at your front door.
  • Request signature on delivery if possible.
  • Some companies and shippers offer locker service or for packages to be held at the delivery distribution center for pick-up.
  • Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and people in your neighborhood and report suspicious activity.

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