Suspected package thief caught on camera in Greenville County

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Investigators in Greenville County are looking for people who are stealing packages from porches.

Detectives believe 2 people have taken things for 5 different families.

In under 30 seconds, 2 thieves swiped the packages off the front porch of a Simpsonville home.

It didn’t take long for Jeff and Yamile Hynek to learn about the first theft in their neighborhood.

“If something is happening in the area, I have the neighbor app and it alerts me,” said Yamile Hynek.

The couple has the neighborhood app on their phone because they own a Ring Doorbell and Alarm System.

“It’s part of the ring app,” Jeff Hynek told 7News. “You can connect with the neighbors there’s a neighborhood watch thing on there.”

What the Hynek’s didn’t realize is that their ring can help detectives solve crimes. Through a program called Safewatch families can register their home security cameras with Greenville Police.

“We started it because we noticed that a lot of people are getting the Ring doorbell,” said Greenville Police Department Sgt. Johnathan Bragg. “We want to be able to know who those people are that have those just so that we can go to them and ask them for their video footage should an incident occur near their house or their business.”

Bragg says after a crime investigators canvas the area looking for witnesses and cameras. The registered home security system actually saves detectives a lot of time.

“We can call them up and say hey do you think your camera may have caught this or can we come by and look at your camera,” Bragg told 7News.

However, Bragg wants to make it clear detectives don’t use Safewatch as surveillance.

“We can’t look at the camera without the owner’s permission,” he said.

At least 70 families have registered their cameras through Safewatch. To register your camera click here.

If you any information about the porch thefts please call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.


GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The holiday season is underway and authorities are asking for residents to protect themselves from porch pirates after an incident in Greenville County.

Kristy Chasse told WSPA’s Ayla Ferrone that a woman was caught on camera stealing two packages from her front porch.

In the video, a woman is seen exiting a blue Ford and grabbing two packages off of Chasse’s porch before driving away. Chasse said the presents were a part of her son’s Christmas gift.

The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. on November 19.

On their Facebook Page, Greenville Police offered the following tips to help avoid falling victim to porch pirates:

• Have packages delivered to your work
• Leave specific delivery instructions
• Have a security system as a deterrent
• Be home at the time of delivery if possible

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