During one incident, officers say a resident caught the porch pirate red-handed.
GLOUCESTER TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) -- A porch pirate is on the prowl in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.
Police shared a video of a woman wanted for stealing from at least three homes.
"This was an example of brazenly stealing things," said Police Chief David Harkins with Gloucester Township Police.
Authorities say two thefts took place on December 1 in the Cherrywood Development and one happened on December 2 in the Mayfair Woods Development.
During one incident, officers say a resident caught the porch pirate red-handed. When confronted, she claimed to work for Amazon and said the box she had in hand had been delivered to the wrong address.
"Car pulled into the driveway, I looked out the window and seen it in the driveway," said the homeowner, who asked not to be identified.
"I said, 'Excuse me, Miss. What did you take off my porch?'" he recalled. "She said, 'I'm an Amazon driver. I made the wrong delivery, I had the wrong address.'"
That's when she pulled off in a white Dodge Journey, and the homeowner realized she had his package.
"She gets in her car and leaves and he realizes she just stole the package and checked his delivery. It was delivered legitimately and it's gone now," said Harkins.
The homeowner told Action News the box contained Ugg slippers that he was planning to give to his grandchildren.
With the holidays looming, police say there is almost always an increase in porch pirates this time of year.
So, Gloucester Township police are reminding all grinches that the department deploys decoy packages equipped with GPS as bait to track and arrest thieves.
"We're going to let them know. If you try to do this in Gloucester Township, we're going to try to arrest you," said Harkins. "We're going to do all we can."
If anyone recognizes that woman, Gloucester Township police are asking they call the authorities at 856-228-4500.