Police: Man Caught on Camera Stealing Package from Columbia Doorstep

The man pictured stole the package about 12 minutes after UPS dropped it off, according to police.


A Columbia resident caught a possible burglar on camera as the man casually pulled into the resident's driveway and loaded a package from the doorstep into his car, according to police.

Dan Dorn, the resident, said it took the man only about 60 seconds to take the package, which had arrived about 12 minutes earlier, according to WJLA.

Howard County police are now investigating the incident. A police spokesperson said police have not received any other reports of packages stolen from doorsteps this holiday season.

In the incident, which police said occurred in the 6200 block of Tamar Drive, packages had been left by UPS at about 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Police said moments later, a security video showed a green Subaru station wagon had pulled in the driveway and a white man with short hair, wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt, left his car and took the packages from the front door of the home.

The man then drove away, police said.

Last year, a similar incident occurred just before Christmas when police said a woman pulled into an Ellicott City driveway and stole a package from a doorstep about an hour and a half after a delivery company dropped it off.

Police are reminding residents receiving packages this holiday season to keep in mind the following:

  • Track shipments, and try to be home when they are scheduled to arrive. 
  • If you won’t be home, have the shipment delivered to your work. 
  • If you won’t be home, ask the delivery company to leave the package in a discreet location, such as a back door.
  • Ask a neighbor to take the package inside until you get home. 
  • Be aware of suspicious people and vehicles. Delivery drivers are asked to be aware of vehicles following them. 
  • If you notice suspicious behavior, call 911 immediately. Make note of any vehicle’s make, model, tag, number and direction of travel.

If you think a package has been stolen:

  • Check the back or side door to see if the delivery was left at another location. 
  • Check with neighbors to see if the package was delivered to the wrong address.
  • Call the delivery company to confirm it was delivered.
  • Report the incident to police by calling 410-313-2200. 

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Mrs. White December 14, 2012 at 07:42 PM
This has been happening in my neighborhood since early October when a box containing my son's Halloween costume was stolen off our front step. Since then my neighbors have reported at least four packages missing after being delivered. We try to remain vigilant and have notified UPS and FedEx of the problem and asked that they don't leave packages on the front step. I think the people committing these crimes should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Shame on you!
Greg G. December 15, 2012 at 01:15 PM
This is why I have 4 web cams mounted in hidden locations around my house. In my old neighborhood "Johnny" was spray painting graffiti on people's fences. I confronted the parents and they of course said not my "Johnny". I showed them a video of their "Johnny" spray painting the fences and said Oh ok then I'll let the police decide if this is "Johnny" or not. Johnny hand sanded and re-stained all the fences in our neighborhood. Pictures are worth a thousand words and video is priceless.
Colliemom December 15, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I really appreciate how citizens in Howard County do keep an eye on their neighborhoods and take pictures, write down license plates, etc. It makes a huge difference and helps keep us all safe. Thanks to whomever took and submitted this picture, hope they may have one with a license plate. Somebody knows this guy.
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