NewsSarasota, Manatee County


Porch pirate wearing UPS vest caught on camera stealing packages in Manatee County

Man steals $500 worth of Christmas gifts
Posted at 4:40 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 18:17:34-05

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — A savvy porch pirate was caught on camera wearing a UPS vest, but he wasn't leaving any packages.

It’s the time of year for giving but for porch pirates, it’s prime season for taking.

“I want to make him completely famous," said Daniel Gormley," a recent victim to a porch pirate, "I want everyone to know his car and his face. I don’t want him to be able to go anywhere ever and people not go ‘I know you.'"

When at work he pulled up this surveillance footage and saw a strange car pull up.

“When I saw it pull in the driveway I go ‘This is it, I’m pretty sure I just got robbed,’” he said.

In the video, you can see a hooded man in a UPS vest. He takes off with at least $500 worth of Christmas gifts.

“Very, very violated," said Gormley of what he felt when he realized he'd been robbed.

From park to drive this Grinch is out of 46th Court East in Manatee County in under a minute. Then Gormley noticed something else.

“He took the tag off the back off his car also so someone couldn’t figure out who he was," he said.

ABC Action News is working to find out how and why this porch pirate got a UPS vest. But on the off chance he is an employee, he doesn’t appear he’s on duty driving in a tagless Hyundai. UPS tells us they’re looking into this case and working with local authorities to investigate.

This porch pirate may have been trying to stay under the radar but what he didn’t realize is Gormley's home is surrounded by cameras.

“I thought it would be enough to have people go ‘well, I’d like to skip that house.’ It wasn’t,” he said.

While Gormley deals with the hassles this package-nabber left behind he hopes one of us will recognize him.

If the man in the footage or his car looks familiar call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.