Clackamas porch pirate steals car seat, Christmas gift

Clackamas County

The packages were worth $300 total

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN) — The countdown until the holidays is ticking, and porch pirates have already returned to steal from sleepy neighborhoods. It happened near Pioneer Park off of Southeast Sunnyside—one man caught the thief on camera.

John Florina had already been a victim of theft once before. He now has eyes everywhere, and signs to prove it, in hopes that the extra security would prevent thieves from scoping out his house again.

“It’s just so sad that we have to have this kind of equipment now a days, just to capture these kinds of people doing some crazy stuff,” said Florina.

Despite the extra security, he was still targeted. The culprit was caught on camera. Florina’s Nest camera—in plain sight—filmed a white car driving by his Clackamas house once, then returning minutes later and backing into his driveway. A man can be seen getting out of the car and walking up to the front door.

A suspect walks away from a home with a package underarm, caught on camera by Nest surveillance. November 8, 2019 (Courtesy John Florina)

“It kind of traumatized me actually,” said Florina. “It is scary, knowing that our neighborhood is a peaceful and quiet neighborhood.”

Evident in the Nest footage, the crook took the package back to the car, and then went back for a second one. There was a third package on the doorstep, and that last one was untouched by the suspect. The two boxes were worth a combined $300. The criminal got away with a car seat and a Christmas present.

“Other people have to suffer instead of just doing the hard work and try to make a living,” said Florina.

With holidays approaching, Florina hopes his video will help police find the porch pirate and put his neighbors on alert.

“Hopefully it will stop it by doing this, and trying to let everybody know that this is happening,” he said. “And it’s holiday season, and we might see more.”

Luckily, Florina was able to get both items replaced, but said others are not always as lucky. He plans to file a police report and hopes the crook will be caught before he targets someone else.

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