In recent years, the rise of “”Porch Pirates”” has become a concerning trend, with criminals brazenly stealing delivery packages from people’s doorsteps. However, one overconfident thief in Yonkers, New York, learned a valuable lesson when he was apprehended by a quick-thinking individual equipped with a doorbell camera.
The incident unfolded when a vigilant homeowner, monitoring their security cameras, witnessed a man strolling up to their porch and nonchalantly stuffing a package into his backpack. Displaying audacity, the thief even seized another delivery before making his exit.
Upon receiving the homeowner’s call, the Yonkers Police Department promptly responded to the scene, spotting the suspect identified as Francisco Jose Eder Mateo, a 27-year-old Bronx resident. Realizing he was cornered, Mateo attempted to evade arrest by running away. Officers gave chase, while the thief dropped the stolen goods and shed his camouflage jacket in an effort to escape.
However, fortune favored justice when a Yonkers public works employee, keenly observing the unfolding events, decided to intervene. Surveillance footage captured the moment this heroic individual leapt out of his car, pursuing Mateo with determination. Without hesitation, he tackled the fleeing thief to the ground, allowing officers to promptly apprehend Mateo and place him in handcuffs.
According to the Yonkers Police Department, Mateo now faces two felony charges—fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. This significant outcome serves as a stern warning to any potential thieves eyeing Yonkers as their next target.
In light of this incident, the Yonkers Police Department issued a resolute message to criminals contemplating engaging in such activities within the city: “”Our residents, officers, and city employees will not tolerate victimization. We will apprehend and bring you to justice for your actions.””
It is worth noting that in a related incident, police officers in Quebec were recently criticized after cautioning against posting images of suspects, citing the presumption of innocence and potential privacy violations.