Mail thief strikes in Center City

March 25, 2009 8:28:48 PM PDT
Somebody has been stealing the mail of a Center City resident and he's using the Internet to catch the thief. Aaron Maass has turned to his own technology to catch a thief.

"You don't expect as a homeowner someone to be casing your neighborhood looking for abandoned packages," Maass said.

But that's exactly what's been happening.

Three packages were stolen this month.

Maass captured surveillance video outside his Center City home, and posted it on YouTube.

In the video, the thief grabs a broomstick and fishes out the package.

"We live in the city; you don't like things to happen but you're not surprised when they do," Maass said.

Maass is an Internet marketing rep and knows the power of the web.

He hopes his video will help catch the thief.

"I don't want to put anyone in jail for this. I just don't want personal belongings stolen," Maass said.

Action News knocked on most of the doors on Waverly Street and most neighbors say stolen mail hasn't been a problem.

But some have had other items stolen like trash cans, brooms, and planters.

The Postal Inspector's Office tells Action News there has not been a spike in mail thefts in the area, but it's investigating the incident.

Neighbor, Andy Tilley, has some helpful advice to protect yourself from being victimized.

"We actually registered with UPS, FedEx and USPS. You can call them up and say that I don't want packages left if there is no one to take them," Tilley said.

Maass says he only lost a few inexpensive pieces of clothing in the thefts.

He'll wait and see if his YouTube video produces a suspect and he'll have an eye on the streets.

"I would love to see someone wearing my shorts. I'll be happy to see them, but they won't be happy to see me," Maass said.

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