With the holidays quickly approaching, we are once again seeing porch pirates swipe packages off front stoops.
It happened Tuesday in Gallatin, but thanks to doorbell technology, the victim caught the thief on camera.
“Honestly, I am still kind of ticked off,” said homeowner and victim Holly Cunningham.
Cunningham said her husband just installed the doorbell camera over the weekend. Two days later, she said she received a motion warning and then a video of the thief in action.
The doorbell camera showed a woman in her mid to late 30s with dark hair walk to Cunningham’s front door, pick up a large package and get into a white car believed to be a Chevrolet Malibu.
“I work hard for what I get and with Christmas coming up, I don’t want my family’s Christmas gift stolen off my front porch,” she told News 2. “You have enough time to drive around and look and see who has packages on their front doorstep, then you have time to go and get a job.”
Connie Scoggins lives in the same neighborhood and also encountered a woman she believes to be the same thief.
According to Scoggins, the same thief tried to steal her packages a few days earlier.
“I can’t believe the bravery or the stupidity of these people,” she told News 2. “I am glad she didn’t get anything from me.”
Scoggins said her two dogs were watching from the front window and notified her of the unexpected visitor.
“She looked really surprised, like ‘Oh, I’ve been caught.’ She said she was looking for someone named Melissa and there is nobody named Melissa in our neighborhood,” she said.
Scoggins told News 2 at the time she had a package on her porch that she didn’t realize was there.
“I looked and knew instantly it was the same lady – practically wearing the same clothes and the car was the same,” she said.
The thief, now identified as Julie Gwynn turned herself into authorities late Wednesday evening.
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