Porch pirate: Woman impersonated postal worker to steal packages in Scottsdale

A woman who impersonated a U.S. Postal Service worker stole packages from the front porch of a Scottsdale home and no...

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 10:31 AM
Updated: Dec 20, 2017 10:31 AM

A woman who impersonated a U.S. Postal Service worker stole packages from the front porch of a Scottsdale home and now USPS investigators are hoping you can help them identify her. If you have solid information, they're willing to pay.

It happened shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 in the area of Thompson Peak Parkway and Grayhawk Drive, and the victim's security camera was rolling.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service released photos from that video Tuesday and announced that it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the woman's arrest and conviction.

The suspect is a white woman between 35 and 50 years old. She has blond hair with dark roots and a medium build. She also has tattoos on her left forearm and left thigh.

The photos show her wearing USPS uniform blouse.

According to the reward flyer put out by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the woman was seen in the passenger seat of a black or dark blue Nissan Sentra driven by an unidentified man.

Package thefts by so-call "porch pirates" are not uncommon, particularly during the holiday season, and it's not limited to packages delivered by USPS. No carrier is immune. An unattended box sitting on a doorstep is easy pickings for a porch pirate.

Just last week Phoenix police arrested a man suspected of hitting an apartment complex near 32nd Street and Bell Road. Officers found several packages addressed to residents in Terrill James Peuse's truck. Police said those people confirmed that their packages had been stolen.

Last month, surveillance video caught a man in a U-HAUL pickup truck stealing package that had just been delivered to a Glendale home by UPS.

There was a similar situation at another Glendale home a few weeks earlier.

While cameras are a great tool, they do not always deter thieves.

"Cameras are great for investigation but they seem to capture as many crimes as they might prevent," Sgt. Jonathan Howard of the Phoenix Police Department told us last year.

There are some simple things you can do to keep from falling prey to a porch pirate.

"Most of the major couriers allow for scheduled pickups and some have concierge services now," Howard said. "People should consider having their packages delivered when they know they will be home or arranging to pick it up at the shipping facility. Arranging with a neighbor to pick up deliveries is another option."

From USPS: 10 ways to protect your mail and package

Avoid sending cash by mail.

Don't leave delivered mail and packages unattended.

Consider an alternate shipping address.

Changes the package's address while it's in transit.

Customize the delivery

Plan ahead. Ship using Hold for Pickup option.

Going out of town? Hold mail at the local Post Office.

Secure the shipment using USPS Signature Services.

Choose the most secure form of delivery.

P.O. Boxes might be the answer.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 and ask for "Representative" at the prompt. (Click phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)

Huntsville
Few Clouds
62° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 62°
Florence
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 66°
Fayetteville
Overcast
62° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 62°
Decatur
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 60°
Scottsboro
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 61°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 128818

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson18772333
Mobile12975289
Montgomery8598173
Madison742275
Tuscaloosa7081114
Lee560359
Shelby557250
Baldwin503348
Marshall378442
Etowah330645
Calhoun324939
Morgan314226
Houston264422
Elmore249747
DeKalb232619
St. Clair219835
Walker219180
Talladega203426
Limestone194219
Cullman180817
Franklin173428
Dallas173226
Russell16922
Autauga166424
Lauderdale161633
Colbert158126
Escambia155424
Blount152714
Jackson148511
Chilton146327
Covington130327
Dale130043
Coffee12488
Pike11359
Tallapoosa112983
Chambers111742
Clarke104617
Marion92128
Butler90638
Barbour8247
Marengo69619
Winston68712
Lowndes64527
Pickens62814
Bibb61910
Hale61028
Randolph59112
Bullock58514
Lawrence57820
Monroe5738
Geneva5564
Cherokee54816
Washington54513
Perry5366
Clay5317
Wilcox53011
Crenshaw51931
Conecuh51711
Macon46720
Henry4594
Sumter41719
Fayette4159
Choctaw34412
Lamar3372
Cleburne3166
Greene30015
Coosa1603
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 180497

Reported Deaths: 2196
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby29702443
Davidson25798287
Hamilton898589
Rutherford886987
Knox872671
Williamson501936
Sumner462193
Wilson330839
Putnam296537
Montgomery291841
Out of TN287623
Bradley280016
Unassigned27806
Madison256856
Sevier249313
Blount241123
Maury217822
Robertson214134
Washington210732
Sullivan202631
Hamblen182425
Tipton170417
Trousdale16457
Hardeman151225
Wayne14785
Gibson146419
Bedford128716
Dyer124613
Dickson116612
Cumberland112616
Fayette111017
Carter110627
Anderson110311
Loudon10936
Weakley109118
Henderson108919
Greene107536
Obion10609
Coffee105712
Jefferson104614
McMinn102824
Macon100019
Warren9967
Monroe98716
Hardin94114
Lawrence93011
Lauderdale92314
Haywood89616
Lake8682
Franklin8627
Bledsoe8424
Roane8123
Carroll80616
Cheatham78110
McNairy77816
Rhea76311
White7528
Hawkins74216
Cocke7249
Marshall6974
Smith66310
Overton6623
Johnson6332
Henry5909
Chester5699
Lincoln5661
Giles54717
DeKalb54210
Hickman5074
Crockett49519
Marion4887
Decatur4526
Claiborne4194
Campbell4123
Fentress4063
Polk37111
Grainger3372
Benton3299
Union3211
Morgan2993
Jackson2984
Unicoi2701
Cannon2630
Humphreys2213
Grundy2195
Meigs2163
Sequatchie2162
Scott1942
Clay1765
Houston1710
Lewis1681
Stewart1462
Van Buren1460
Moore1451
Perry1380
Hancock1062
Pickett952

Community Events