The Christmas crooks among us

It may well be that people stealing Christmas packages off doorsteps has been going on for years, but it certainly seems as though the crime is increasing.

KARE 11 has the latest example in what must be among the most dastardly of theft crimes.

The thief was likely stalking a UPS truck and didn’t just rip off Chris Cook of South Minneapolis, but signed for the packages, too.

What can be done?

We favor the ingenuity of Andrea Hutzler, 33, of Washington, who got tired of thieves ripping off her deliveries.

So, she left a box full of dog poop on the stoop. The thief took the bait.

“I feel happy,” she said. “I had wanted to put in a note, like ‘Surprise! Please stop stealing my crap.'”

  • daklute

    Oh, this is worse than packages. Last year, on one of those frigid December, days I had a delivery scheduled for a new stove from Best Buy. Truck shows up around 730 a.m. and the two guys remove my old stove and start bringing the new stove in. As they are strapped in to their appliance moving straps, hauling the stove the 19 steps I have in my front yard thieves jump in their still idling truck and drive away with the entire load. The thieves had the presence of mind to throw the cell-phones out the window so the truck couldn’t be traced. The truck did not have a GPS tracker. Cops come and take statements and the cop tells me that this time of year this is not uncommon. UPS driver this year told me that one reason there are now two people on UPS trucks this Holiday season is to reduce the chance the truck is stolen.