On this Cyber Monday, porch pirates are not just trolling your front stoop; they’re stalking the delivery driver.
One alert driver ended up thwarting a theft over the weekend in Boynton Beach. Police are now looking for the suspect in that incident.
On Monday, police released a screenshot from doorbell video showing a young woman taking a just-delivered package from a home just off Southwest 3rd Street. Detectives hope someone will recognize the woman.
The incident happened Saturday.
An Amazon Prime driver noticed at least one man and one woman following her truck on bicycles. When the driver saw the woman with a package she had just delivered, she called 911.
“I lost visual of them, as soon as they saw me coming around the corner, and I saw them with the box — they flew down the road,” the driver said to the 911 operator.
The driver also noticed the package had been ditched in some bushes nearby. The driver recovered the box and redelivered it.
“I’ve been delivering packages for Amazon all over the area today, (and) I’ve seen them on Seacrest, I’ve seen them all through,” the driver said, referring to the man and woman on bicycles.
“Fortunately this Amazon delivery driver, she was aware of her surroundings and she called the police,” Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. “She was able to stop the suspect from stealing the package. What we want to do now is identify who this suspect is.”
Slater also said the incident is a good reminder to take steps to ensure more secure deliveries.
“I never think about it, because most of the time — let me say, I always get the packages,” said Flore Lavagesse, who lives just blocks from the foiled porch piracy.
Lavagesse said she’ll now consider scheduling deliveries when someone is home.
“What you said make [sic] me think about it, so next time to get it more secure,” she said.
If you recognize the young woman in the doorbell video screen shot, call Boynton Beach Police at 561-732-8116, or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477).