A downtown Lodi resident, tired of thieves stealing packages from her front porch, posted home surveillance videos online of the suspects in action.
She also shared the three videos with Lodi police, who then posted them the department's facebook page Monday afternoon. They have each been viewed thousands of times.
"I hope this just is more of an incentive for people to be more proactive and to be aware of their surroundings," said the victim who requested anonymity. "And if you see something, say something, just like you do at the airport, so we can try to get this under control, and we can help the police here in town. Because it's a great town. I just hate to see all this stuff going on."
She gives Lodi Police high marks for their proactive response. And they are grateful for her efforts.
"We obviously can't be everywhere at once, and do everything all the time," said Lodi Police Lieutenant Sierra Brucia. "So having the citizen and the community come together and help us out and provide us these types of evidence...it's great for us. And then we can kind of work in collaboration together and hopefully get (the suspects) arrested."
The first package theft occurred December 19, the second on January 6, and the third Monday afternoon. There appear to be three separate suspects, a different thief in each video. Two of them appear to be women.
The first two thieves got away with expensive merchandise ordered online. The third one took an empty box, according to the resident. The fed-up homeowner said she put it there as a decoy. It worked. The video of that third theft turned out to be the clearest of the three, showing a female suspect walking up to the porch, taking the box, and walking off with it.
Tips can be called into the Lodi Police Department main number at (209) 333-6727, or anonymously to the Lodi Crime Stoppers tip line (209) 333-6771.
"When I look at these (videos), it makes me so sick to see somebody pick up something that's not theirs," said the homeowner.