Neighbors on the lookout for red-headed package thief

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The woman with the bright red hair walked to the porch and sat down, almost as if she lived there. 

She turned around, grabbed one of the many packages in front of Chris Brinker's home near 54th and Fremont and left. That happened on Jan. 16, and Brinker only realized this week when he decided to check the security footage for answers regarding where his missing package went.

Now, Brinker wants other residents in Portland's Rose City Park Neighborhood to be on notice for a possible porch pirate. 

"I doubt this is the first time she does that," Brinker said.

Brinker said he works from home, which made it even more shocking when he saw how the package was stolen. The way the thief casually sat on the porch and stole the box. 

"She probably was going lower so she wasn't seen from the windows or anything," Brinker guessed. 

The theft could've been worse. Brinker said he works for a medical ventilator company and some of those packages contained life-saving equipment used for sick kids. Instead, the thief took a replacement water bag for a Camelback pack valued at approximately $5.

"I'm glad she didn't take the other packages which had some medical equipment for a young pediatric patient I was seeing the next week," Brinker said. 

Brinker hopes she doesn't come back, and he hopes someone can identify her. 

"This woman must have been hard up to go swiping packages out of a very quiet neighborhood," he said. 

 


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