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Surveillance cameras catch package thief

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A North Texas woman has video of a package thief stealing the Christmas presents she ordered online. She's hoping her story will help warn others and maybe lead to an arrest.

A week before Christmas Alicia Vaughn was anxiously awaiting two packages to arrive on her doorstep.

"I hand selected those gifts for the people who would be recipients of those gifts because I knew they would love them and it would mean something to them. And that was taken away," she said.

Vaughn's surveillance cameras caught a silver sedan pull into her Oak Cliff driveway and then a woman in a pink shirt and purple pants dashed onto her porch, taking the boxes.

"Of course they didn't know we had video surveillance," she said.

When she couldn't track down her packages delivered by UPS and the US Postal Service, she watched the recordings from her eight surveillance cameras.

In the hours leading up to the robbery, the video showed the same sedan cruising up and down her street several times.

Vaughn is less concerned about the $72 gifts than she is about the feeling of being victimized.

"I was very angry. I felt violated and I want justice," she said.

She did have insurance but did not request a signature upon receipt so both deliveries were left on her porch.

"We try to inform our customers to insure their packages prior to purchasing them from a merchandiser, that way they can be reimbursed," said McKinney Boyd, a spokesman for the US Postal Service.

At least one replacement package is on the way, and Vaughn has learned from the crime.

"I will either not settle for free shipping and pay the extra money to have a signature upon receipt or we will have them shipped to our places of work. They're not going to keep me from ordering online," she said.

She did file a police report and does intend to press charges.


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