Arcadia man has packages stolen twice in 3 weeks

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PHOENIX -- An Arcadia man is unnerved and upset after he was hit twice by thieves in three weeks.

"Three weeks ago, I had two kids walk up to my door and take three packages from my house, and I caught them on video," said Matthew Kane.

If that wasn't bad enough, Kane said it happened again.

"Last night, I had a criminal drive in my driveway and take my packages for Christmas," he said.

Both incidents were caught on Kane's home security cameras.

"It's just really tough to watch people take things from you on video," he said.

The Thursday night theft was actually a close call. Kane said he got home about one minute after the thief drove off with his stuff.

3TV asked Kane what we would have done had he caught the man in the act.

"I hopefully would have kept him on my property and called the police and had him arrested. I think that's what he deserves, along with giving my packages back and my Christmas gifts," Kane said.

Kane said he does not consider this a bad neighborhood. His home is located on 56th Street near Thomas Road in Phoenix.

However, he told 3TV he is definitely feeling less safe these days.

"They know they're being watched and they don't seem to care, and that's scary," Kane said. "Like, who knows what they'll do next? You know, stealing is probably not the end of what they are up to."

As for the stolen gifts, Kane said this has been a bit of a tough year financially, so replacing them may not be possible.

"Santa's not coming this year for a couple of people, unfortunately," he said.

In the meantime, he is trying to figure out how to keep this from happening again.

"I don't know what I'm going to do. I may put some more signs out front, security signs, but it's just tough. I may not have packages delivered here anymore, which is going to make it difficult on me," he said.

3TV reached out to the United States Postal Service for tips on how to safeguard deliveries. A spokesperson sent us the information below.

Every day, the Postal Service safely and efficiently delivers millions of packages and other valuable items.

Carriers are trained to leave packages in convenient yet safe locations. In many cases, we have people pick up their parcels at a post office if they aren’t home and a safe location cannot be identified.

Carriers are also trained to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and report anything unusual to local law enforcement and their supervisor.

Here's what you can do to protect your mail:

-Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.

-Check on the package's delivery status online so you can try to be home when it arrives.

-Have the package shipped to another location where someone can receive it, like your office or a friend's home.

-Ask the delivery service to hold your package for customer pickup.

-File a theft report immediately if you think your package was stolen, and contact your credit card company to find out if it offers a purchase-protection service that might reimburse you for stolen purchases

-The Postal Service also has a service that will automatically send you a text message or an email when a package is headed your way. Using the service, found at
my.usps.com, you can tell the Postal Service where to leave the packages – at your door or kept at the post office for safekeeping. You can even let USPS know when you’ll be out of town and we’ll hold all of your mail. Go to my.usps.com to get started.

Mail theft is a violation of United States Federal Criminal Code Title 18 U.S.C. 1708 and carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

However, even the USPS admits it's rare that thieves are caught, even when they are caught on camera, something police told Kane Thursday night.

"I just think it's a crime that should never be committed," Kane said. "Anybody that orders something deserves to get what they have. It's just wrong to steal from others."

He is hoping someone will recognize the people in the videos and call police.