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Tampa Police Seek Assistance In Identifying Porch Pirates

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On November 20, 2023, at approximately 11:42 p.m., two suspects stole several packages from a home located on the 2500 block of Watrous Avenue.

Detectives are seeking assistance in identifying the suspects involved.

To view the surveillance video: https://youtu.be/Od_J1y3m4rw

“Package thefts are a crime of opportunity,” said Chief Lee Bercaw. “There is no greater opportunity than now when many residents have multiple packages delivered several times a week. Porch pirates are looking for easy targets, but even the smallest efforts in protecting and concealing your valuables can make all the difference and help prevent you from becoming a victim.”

The Tampa Police Department encourages residents to minimize their risk of becoming a target to porch pirates by following these tips:

-Purchase a porch lock box that is designed to receive packages and keep them secure. Typically lock boxes can only be opened with a key or lock combination.  

-Utilizing the feature to track a package, ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to pick up your package(s) once they’re delivered.

-If given the option, require a signature upon delivery.

-Request for packages to be delivered at secure locations such as Amazon lockers, FedEx or UPS stores.

-Bonus: If you plan on delivering a package directly to a recipient, give them a heads-up and ask if they have a delivery preference.

Anyone with information that could assist detectives with their investigation is asked to call Tampa Police at 813-231-6130 or submit an anonymous tip by contacting Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS (8477) or via TIP411.