East side couple catch package thieves on surveillance

Posted at 8:06 AM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 11:01:48-04
Two men, unaware that a camera is watching, walked away with an east side couple's Amazon purchases last week. 
"It was a huge thing of paper towels, a bunch of light bulbs, little stuff like Goo Gone, just stupid stuff," said Margaret, who lives near Stowell and Locust. She asked that we only use her first name. 
Margaret says the theft happened last Tuesday. She came home from work expecting to find packages on her front porch. When the porch was empty, she reviewed her door bell camera and found images of the thieves. 
"It was pretty brazen for them to come at 5:20 in the afternoon. It was broad daylight," she said. 
She filed a police report with Milwaukee Police and turned over the images to officers. 
"They certainly didn't seem surprised," she said. "They said this sort of thing happens and basically advised not having packages sent to our home, try and have them sent to an office if that's possible."
Margaret also posted the images on the Nextdoor web site and couldn't believe how many of her neighbors also lost packages to thieves. 
"You expect this during Christmas time. There's a lot of packages being delivered, you expect there's going to be an uptick," Margaret said. "But not in the holiday season, there are this amount of thefts in what I thought was a pretty nice neighborhood."
She's hoping someone recognizes the men, but she also plans to add some security measures to her home. 
"I'm disappointed it happened, I wish it hadn't," she said. "I wish they would stop. I'd feel much more secure if this hadn't happened but what are you gonna do?" 
Milwaukee Police weren't immediately available to confirm if there has been an increase in this type of crime.