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Thieves are stealing packages off porches, watching delivery trucks

Make sure you aren't leaving packages outside. Porch pirates aren't a Halloween costume -- they'll steal your deliveries.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This time of year, many people order Halloween costumes and are even starting to shop for the holidays.

A new video proves porch pirates are still on the prowl across Charlotte neighborhoods.

Around 2 a.m. on Monday, surveillance cameras caught a woman casually walk up to the front door of a home in the Park South Station neighborhood. She’s seen dashing back to a car carrying a stolen package.

Off camera, the homeowner told NBC Charlotte that the woman got away with 40 pounds of cat litter, worth about 20 bucks.

He said the same suspects stole packages from his neighbors as well.

CMPD said packages and the people who steal them are showing up on doorsteps across the city.

“I get the notification on my phone that there’s motion on my front porch,” one Charlotte homeowner said.

Over the summer he watched as a porch pirate hit his home off Providence Road.

Experts warn the problem is worsening. Many thieves are reportedly following delivery trucks and simply waiting.

With Halloween next week and holiday shopping around the corner, police urge buyers not to let their guard down.

But as helpful as surveillance cameras can be, police say finding and identifying these porch pirates presents a difficult set of challenges.

And in this latest case, the homeowner told NBC Charlotte that police have not yet found the woman seen stealing his package.

He said it’s the first time this has happened to him in 11 years of living in his home.

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