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Theft of packages from Church Hill porches aggravates community

Posted at 12:33 AM, Feb 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-12 08:09:06-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Kimberly Orlando knew something was up when she was supposed to get a box delivered Wednesday and it wasn't there when she came home from work.
It happened to her last Friday, too.

After doing a quick internet search, she called police.

Wednesday night we aired front porch surveillance video of a man swiping a package and walking away.

"He's not going to look good with my dress and surely won't be able to see with my contact lenses," Orlando said.

This kind of crime has happened more than a handful of times over the last week in Church Hill. Orlando is one of the victims and posted a note on her front door asking delivery services to hang on to her box. "I paid for delivery,” Orlando said. “I shouldn't have to pick it up, but I will."

Orlando lives in the 2700 block of East Broad. Similar crimes have been reported in the 500 block of North 26th Street and also on Chimborazo Boulevard, about eight blocks away.

"Luckily, companies I've ordered from have good customer service,” she said. “So as soon as I called they shipped it. I haven't seen it yet, so hopefully it won't get stolen again."

Homeowners have started a comment thread on a Church Hill news website, alerting neighbors that a five-finger discount is in full play in Church Hill and they want the men seen in this video caught and prosecuted.

"I can only assume it's the same person or somebody associated with him,” Orlando said looking a second theft on video.

Orlando filed a police report Wednesday night and said the officer on the phone told her it was the second box snatching report she had taken within a few hours on duty.