Police: Man steals several packages off porches, delivery truck in Arlington neighborhood


As Christmas approaches, police in Arlington are reminding everyone expecting a package to be extra vigilant so it doesn’t get stolen. This after a “porch pirate” stole at least six to eight packages in one neighborhood Friday afternoon.

The thefts happened in the area of 4th Street South in the Barcroft neighborhood.

Police say the packages were stolen off several front porches and even from a delivery truck.

Surveillance video obtained by ABC7 News shows a young man walk up to the porch of one home, pick up a package and then walk away.

While covering the story, an ABC7 photographer spotted scattered items in nearby woods off Pershing Drive that appeared to be from the stolen packages.

Our photographer called Arlington County Police. Two officers came out and carefully went over the items in the woods and dusted for fingerprints.

Among the items in the woods were a card that read “Merry Christmas Dad,” a toy car, and a box with Amazon Prime tape on it.

It is possible there were more victims – several neighbors ABC7 talked to weren’t sure if they’d had anything stolen off their porch.

Many people in the D.C.-area are expecting to receive packages containing Christmas presents this weekend.

In light of Friday’s thefts, Arlington County Police sent out a reminder on how you can avoid becoming a “porch pirate” victim.

They recommend:

  • Tracking your package
  • Requiring a signature when it arrives
  • Having the package held at a mail facility for pickup
  • Using In-store pickup
  • Having someone you trust accept the package for you