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December 08, 2023

Man posing as Amazon worker snatched $1,200 package from South Jersey porch, authorities say

After a string of thefts, Gloucester Township police are planting fake deliveries containing GPS trackers in an attempt to catch 'porch pirates'

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A man wearing an Amazon delivery jacket was caught on video stealing a package of Apple Watches worth $1,229 from a porch in Gloucester Township on Tuesday, according to police.

A man wearing a two-toned, blue Amazon delivery jacket was caught on video stealing a package of Apple Watches from the front porch of Gloucester Township home Tuesday, according to police.

The package was worth $1,229 and taken from a home in the Valleybrook Development, Gloucester Township police said. The serial numbers to the Apple Watches have been listed as stolen on the National Crime Information Center database.

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video of the theft, posted by police, shows the man returning to a blue sedan parked across the street.

In light of recent package thefts, Gloucester Township police said they are planting "bait packages" containing GPS trackers in an effort to catch so-called "porch pirates."

"We're putting GPS bait packages out in areas where we think they're most susceptible to getting stolen," Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins told FOX29. "I would just warn anybody, if you're going to steal a package be careful about it, you might have a Gloucester Township police officer right on your tail."

Last month, Gloucester Township police arrested a woman for allegedly stealing several boxes of religious paintings and memorabilia that had been delivered to a church. Authorities are also searching for a woman accused of snatching packages from three homes in Cherrywood and Mayfair Woods developments.

Anyone with information on the latest package theft can call the Gloucester Township Police Department at (856) 228-4500 or submit an anonymous tip online

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