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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Porch pirate prosecution plan coming

Posted By on Sun, Dec 16, 2018 at 8:20 AM

click to enlarge MARK OSBORNE/KATV
  • Mark Osborne/KATV

Local and federal officials will announce Monday details of Operation Porch Pirate, which will entail federal prosecution of mail thieves.

The Postal Service, U.S. attorneys and Little Rock police are joining in the initiative.

Will the threat of federal prosecution slow the rise in grab-and-go gatherers of packages delivered to home doorsteps. Ubiquitous home security camera footage that frequently captures the thieves at work doesn't seem to have slowed activity. The screenshot above is taken from a recent KATV report on a Sherwood home where children's Christmas gifts were taken.

It's easy work with untold numbers of potential targets, given the shift from store shopping to Internet shopping with home delivery by the Postal Service and private delivery services. I often wonder about the reward/risk ratio. In recent days, had porch pirates made a run at our house, they'd have gotten some underwear, cans of glass cleaner and a potato masher.

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