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Target steps in to help after new crib stolen from outside expectant mother's house

Surveillance video showed a thief take the box from the steps of a North Minneapolis home.

Target has come to the rescue of an expectant Minneapolis mother who had a baby's crib stolen from her front steps.

Natalee Fadden ordered the crib from Target in a Cyber Monday deal last month, but was somewhat confused when the days went by and it hadn't arrived at her house, despite Target telling her it had been delivered.

She then checked the video from the doorbell camera installed in her North Minneapolis home, which showed a UPS driver dropping off the crib, only for a man driving a tan SUV lifting it from the front steps about an hour later.

Fadden shared the video on the True North Minneapolis - Legacy Facebook page, showing the moment a man wearing a heavy black winter coat taking her package.

Fortunately, it's all turned out well for the soon-to-be-mother, who was informed by Target that she would be receiving a new crib free of charge, "no questions asked."

She thanked the members of the NoMi Facebook page for rallying to help after she initially posted about the theft, which prompted an outpouring of support and offers of help replacing the crib.

"The point is, y’all in NoMi have rallied together for a pregnant lady you don’t even know and I’m lucky to live in a community that cares so much!" she wrote. "So thank you all and happy holidays!"

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Speaking to KARE 11, Fadden says the thief probably thought the box was a TV given the size and shape of it – so here's hoping he was on the receiving end of an unwelcome surprise when he came to open it.

The period after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday is the worst for package thefts given the amount of goods ordered online, which Shopify says leads to a rise in "porch pirates."

The USPS advised people have packages delivered to their place of work, use mailbox services, or opt for a mail holding service if they are concerned about package thefts from their homes.

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