On Friday afternoon, January 8th, in broad daylight and in the heart of Crown Heights, a Jewish family came very close to tragedy, without realizing they were in grave danger until several days later.
The family, residing on Carroll Street between Albany and Troy Avenues, began to suspect something was amiss last week when a package ordered online was listed as delivered, but had never been received.
Realizing that someone must have stolen the package from their porch, the family members turned to their surveillance cameras to see if they could spot the criminal in the act. When they reviewed the footage, they were horrified by what they saw.
On the previous Friday afternoon, at around 2:30pm, a man armed with a long knife had stolen the package from their porch and put it into a large black garbage bag. Then, armed with his weapon, he tried to break into their home.
Thankfully, the door was locked, and after investing trivial effort to open it, the thief left.
A Shomrim coordinator told CrownHeights.info that these ‘Amazon thieves’ often trail behind delivery trucks, waiting for a package to be left on the porch, which they then swoop in and steal. The large black garbage bag in the video was undoubtedly filled with many such packages from unsuspecting homeowners.