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LMPD looking for porch package theft suspect

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Holiday shoppers are not the only ones who went to work on Cyber Monday.

Metro police say thieves are taking advantage of all the online holiday shopping.

Police have obtained video of one suspect in the case.  The video shows him driving down the street in a black car. He exits the car and walks to the front porch of a home near Old Louisville. He takes a package and is gone in less than 60 seconds.

"I mean, it wasn't very long. I was asleep inside the house and woke up that day and went to go find my package and sure enough...it wasn't there," said Shawn Amshoff, theft victim.

The home and the package belong to Amshoff. He says unfortunately for the suspect, he didn't get away with an expensive Christmas gift.

"It was a $17 glass lid for a pressure cooker that I had bought."

Amshoff contacted police and shared the video with detectives and his neighbors; turns out, he's not the only victim.

Amshoff explained, "There were multiple responses from people, the same thing, having packages stolen from their porch, one lady had a video and she saw the same man, but it wasn't clear enough that she had his picture."

"We think that there is a possibility that he could be finding a delivery truck in the area, following it around, finding out where it's going and where it's doing," said Det. Aaron Tinelli, with LMPD's 4th Division.

Tinelli says there have been several similar thefts in the last few weeks. "Do we think it's just him? No. Do we think it's possible for him to be responsible for ones in our area and possibly close by us? Absolutely."

Police say there are ways you can protect yourself when shopping online, including designating when your packages will be delivered.

"You can also get a post office box for this time of year, and just have it delivered to the post office box instead of your home," said Tinelli.

Meanwhile, it wasn't a gift, but Shawn Amshoff believes the suspect still got a surprise when he opened the package.Amshoff said, "I wish I could have seen the look on his face when he opened up that box!"

If you know the suspect or anyone else involved, you can call LMPD's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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