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Wildlife camera captures suspect stealing packages

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(Source: Silent Witness) (Source: Silent Witness)
(Source: Silent Witness) (Source: Silent Witness)

He's not one to waste time. Phoenix police said it takes fewer than 10 seconds for this suspected thief to do his dirty work, and then he's gone.

"The guy walks up, looks right behind the pillar and picks up the item. So he knew it was there," Silent Witness Sgt. Derek Elmore said.

But what he didn't know is that two of the thefts were caught on camera.

The first happened on July 16 in a North Phoenix neighborhood near Deer Valley and Cave Creek.

A hunter was testing out his new wildlife cam when police said he just happened to capture a crook walking off with his new cell phone.

A couple of days later, the same guy rolled up at a home in Surprise.

Unlike other cases where thieves followed delivery drivers stealing the package immediately after it was dropped off, investigators said this guy is waiting, sometimes hours, before snatching the box. He's also working off of a list.

"Either he's got the addresses or a list of items, we're not sure exactly what that is," Elmore said.

Police said the best way to protect yourself from this happening is to have someone at the house when a package is delivered.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, 5'8" tall, 160 pounds, about 35 years old with black hair and a mustache and tattoos on both arms. He was driving a dark-color four-door sedan.

If you have any information on this case call Silent Witness. That number is 480-WITNESS. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.

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