LEAVITTSBURG, Ohio (WKBN) – A family in Leavittsburg is pleading with a thief to return the Christmas present he stole off their front porch Friday night.
At the same time, police are in the process of tracking him down.
A security video shows exactly how Melinda Bradley became a crime victim this Christmas season.
“I was just really shocked because nothing like that’s really every happened to me,” said Bradley.
She bought her husband’s gift on eBay last month. UPS delivered it the day before Thanksgiving. However, the package never made it to her hands.
“How am I going to buy another one. We have five kids, so I mean, it really wasn’t a cheap present, even for him,” said Bradley.
The theif was caught on tape, driving by the family’s house six times before pulling into the driveway, walking up to the porch and taking their package.
“He couldn’t have known what was in that box. I wanted to get his face and his car out there so maybe if somebody would recognize his car or his face,” said Bradley’s husband, Mike Bradley.
Their system of security cameras is helping them do just that.
“The Bradley’s say they know the thief grabbed the package off the side of the porch. If he’d come around to the stairs, this camera would’ve caught his face,” said Chief William Garro of the Braceville Police Department.
They’re already planning on expanding the system.
“It’s going to be a lot better. Just so I can get a clearer view of their face and I want to be able to see everything,” said Bradley.
In the meantime, they said they’re doing everything they can to share the pictures they have, along with the police.
“We’ve shared information and a lot of people have shared information with us on there. And for a small department we get 50,000 hits a week,” said Garro.
The Bradley’s said this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
“If he did it here and he did it to us. He’s doing it to someone else. We need to put it to a stop,” said Bradley.