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Woodbury police looking for porch pirate caught on camera

Package thefts rise during the holiday season.

Another porch pirate was caught on camera stealing packages from a home in Woodbury. 

Woodbury police posted the image to Facebook saying the thief stole from a home in the area of Summerlin Drive in the east-metro suburb. They're asking the public to look at the photo above, and below, and call 651-439-9381 if you recognize the person or truck. 

If you call, ask to speak with an office and provide reference number WB18034739. 

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The Woodbury package theft comes on the heels of a weekend report in which suspects were arrested with "a carload of stolen items from packages left on doorsteps" in Robbinsdale and Crystal. 

Package thefts on the rise

There's data to suggest that, as e-commerce becomes more and more popular, package theft is increasing.

According to a report from InsuranceQuotes, 25.9 million Americans had a package stolen from their property in 2017 – "up from 23.5 million porch thefts reported in 2015."

It's a widespread problem, but sorry, local readers: it's especially bad in the Twin Cities, with one study putting Minneapolis at number three (right behind Seattle and San Francisco) in a list of the "Top 10 cities for Amazon Package Theft."

And, yes, the holiday gift-giving season is the most wonderful time of year for porch pirates, too.

"At this time of year, Police Departments all over the country see an increase in the number of packages stolen from doorsteps," the city of Eagan says.

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