A crime spree has a Dundee neighborhood on high alert. Two men allegedly followed a UPS truck around in a vehicle, a couple of minutes after a package was delivered, they would come to the front door and steal it.
Actor Dutch Haling plays a sheriff in the movie, Blake's Ballad, but the role changed to crime reporter after he saw someone steal from his neighbor's front porch.
He heard tires squealing and thought his neighbor might be stuck in the driveway, so he looked out the window to see what was going on, "I noticed a gentleman coming off the porch with a big UPS box in his hand, and he got in the car and he took off down the driveway,"
He wrote down a description and license plate number, and checked with the neighbor who came home a short time later. She called police, and the head of the neighborhood watch.
"I sent a mass email within 10 minutes, and everyone was aware and knew to watch out," says Beth Nodes, who heads up the neighborhood watch on the block.
A few blocks away from the neighborhood at 50th and Farnam, at 56th and Webster, a man working in the area noticed something suspicious and called police, too. He saw 2 men driving down the street with a stack full of boxes, they were opening them up and then throwing the empty boxes in the street.
Molly Borgmann had to buy a new French baguette bread pan after learning by police it had been stolen. They found the box in the road back on Webster.
"It's just, it's sad. I'm sorry for people that lost something more valuable," said Borgmann.
Molly's thankful for neighbors who called police, but doesn't understand why someone would follow a UPS truck, stealing packages from the front stoop in the first place, "Maybe they thought they were going to strike gold, and somebody was going to have a TV delivered to their step and then they could resell it, like, I mean, they didn't win big with my bread pan. But it's just, it's unfortunate. They must have been pretty desperate."
Three to four houses on the same block had packages stolen. In addition to police investigating, UPS is also looking into what happened. Neighbors say the next day UPS staffed an extra person on the truck, and waited around for a couple of minutes after delivering the package.
To avoid becoming a victim, have the package delivered to a trusted neighbor, or your workplace where you know someone will be around during the day to pick it up.
If the package is delivered at home, instead of having your package dropped at the front door, UPS allows you to specify deliver to a back door, side door or neighbor's house.
FedEx offers night time delivery or a designated delivery day, in addition, they also allow delivery by appointment.