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Package theft suspect caught on camera; police make arrest after viewing video

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -

This guy is bold -- in broad daylight, walking up to a home and stealing a package off the porch -- minutes after it was delivered -- and the homeowner says it's not the first time he's hit the area.

The Chandler woman installed cameras at her home a few weeks ago after some new patio furniture was delivered and stolen from her porch before she even opened the boxes.

She didn't think it would happen again, but it did -- and this time, it was caught by those new cameras.

The surveillance cameras captured images of a UPS driver making a delivery of several boxes.  That was expected, but what happened a few minutes alter was not. A man walked up the driveway, grabbed the boxes and left.

"Literally, it happened three minutes after the UPS truck pulled away from the curb," said Gina, who was actually at home when it all happened.  The camera system she installed a few weeks ago recorded the entire thing.

"His friend was in the car and he actually backed up to get him to make a faster getaway I guess.. And that actually allowed me to get him on tape. So that was great that he backed up," she said.

Gina called the police and gave her crystal clear pictures to an officer.

"I had printed out a still from the video of the car -- and he saw the car drive past, he looked at the still, he looked at the car, and he thought oh my gosh - that's my guy.. And made the arrest right here, yes."

That's right.  Police arrested the suspect on the same street just a few hours after the crime.

"What the police told me was that he was actually following the UPS truck around," said Gina.  "And when they found him, he had car full of UPS boxes. From the street here and from adjoining streets."

And Gina got her things back, which happened to be a fuel stabilizer for a motorcycle and wool socks.

"I couldn't believe it when the cop came back and knocked on the door and had the fuel stabilizer and the socks and he was like here's your stuff. I was like, you've got to be kidding me!"

Gina says it could have just as easily have been expensive items in those boxes.

Police also returned the recovered packages to other people living in the neighborhood.

Gina says the cameras cost about $150 each and were well worth the investment.

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