Two arrests in Christmas present theft in Bucks County, Pa.

December 12, 2012 2:55:43 PM PST
Police have arrested two people in connection with the theft of a Christmas present, caught on camera, from the porch of a Bucks Co. home.

Nicole Frye, 30, and Bryan Reppert, 37, both of Comly Road in Philadelphia, are charged with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

Police say the pair has also been implicated in two similar thefts in Northeast Philadelphia.

Lower Southampton Police tracked down Frye after a detective from the Bucks County District Attorney's Office saw surveillance video, which was broadcast on Action News, and recognized her from previous investigations.

Investigators say once confronted, Frye and Reppert confessed to the thefts and cooperated with them.

Police have recovered the stolen presents and say they will be returned to the owners.

The incident happened in Feasterville, Pa. on Monday.

The video shows a woman going right up to the home and stealing a UPS package that had been left at the door moments earlier.

The victims have a two-camera surveillance system that captured the thief in action.

"There was a lady walking up the steps. She took the package and headed downstairs and she went back in the car and drove off," said the victim, Michelle, who didn't want her last name used.

The package contained two pairs of Prada sneakers worth $250 each.

Michelle said she didn't go to the door right after the delivery because she was tending to her one-year-old.

"It's really sad because people work all year 'round and people work two shifts, three shifts and they save up all year long to give a good Christmas or good Hanukkah to their kids, their family," she said. "It's very easy to just walk up a flight of steps and steal something."

With nearly $22 million dollars spent online this season, this sort of theft is growing. Police say thieves simply follow delivery trucks and strike right away, or comb through neighborhoods looking for packages to swipe from doorways and porches.

Police say while home surveillance systems are quite useful, they recommend other ways for you to be proactive.

"Make sure you track your packages through UPS or FedEx, or whoever you're using. Make sure you know when they're getting delivered and try to have someone to pick them up for you, or have a place on your porch or your stoop so, to a thief driving by, it won't be so obvious," said Lt. Ted Krimmer of the Lower Southampton Police.

As this investigation continues, police ask anyone with information to call them at 215-357-1235.


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