Grinches caught on tape stealing Christmas gifts from South Austin porches


by by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on December 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 12:24 PM

AUSTIN -- A couple of Christmas grinches have been recorded by surveillance cameras stealing packages from front porches in Southwest Austin.

Jason Wicker, who owns a home on Journeyville Drive near William Cannon and Southwest Parkway, said Friday he was alerted that four boxes had been delivered. When he got home and found only one, he checked his security tape.

Wicker found a woman taking newly-delivered packages that were supposed to be Christmas gifts.
What she dropped, a man also wearing a green shirt, came and grabbed.

Looking at the video, Wicker points out, "You can see her right there with a clip board."

He said, she "looks in my house, looks in the window, sees nobody there she's in such a hurry she actually drops one of these packages when she is running."

Luckily, Wicker installed a security system three weeks ago, which allows him to control the temperature and alarm with his cell phone. It also came with cameras, just in time to catch the Christmas crime.

He can also monitor real time, and wants would be thieves to think twice.

"If his or her mom see this and yell at them, that's about the best I can do," Wicker said. "Hopefully let people understand that this kind of stuff is out there. People are watching what's going on."

The thieves got away with a foot massager and a Mindcraft book and shirt. 

"I just don't get it. I just don't understand why you'd go randomly steal packages from people's porches," Wicker said.
It appears his house wasn't the only one hit. A neighbor told Wicker something was also taken from his porch on Friday. 

A woman who also lives in this neighborhood, tweeted KVUE saying a gift was stolen from her house Friday as well.

Wicker has filed a report with the Austin Police Department.

If you recognize the two people on camera, call the Austin Crime Stoppers at 472-TIPS.