Package containing Christmas gifts stolen from Franklin home

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FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — Lauren Olsen is a single mother who just moved to Franklin, Virginia from California.

Olsen installed a porch camera in her new Clay Street home last week, which she says “bings” — or sends an alert to an app — every time there is movement on her porch and starts recording.

Olsen got a bing that a package was delivered Tuesday while she was at work — and shortly after that, another one of a man stealing it.

“I was just really taken back by it because I never thought that something like that would happen in our neighborhood. It just makes me feel really uncomfortable,” said Olsen.

She said the package contained some of her daughter’s Christmas presents. 

“The worst thing about it is that I work really hard for that little amount of presents I get to give my daughter, so the fact that someone came up and took them, I mean they were barbies and toys you know it just was kind of sad,” she stated.

An image provided by the Franklin Police Department of a man seen on security camera steeling a package from a home on Nov. 27, 2018.

Olsen called police, who confirm the incident was reported just before 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police are still investigating the case.

“I wanted to notify you so you could put it out there, that way he can see, or someone can tell him that we knew he did this, and maybe he wouldn’t do it again, or he would stop just so I had some peace of mind, Olsen explained. 

Franklin police released images on Wednesday of the man who was spotted on Olsen’s camera.

To dodge the porch pirates, Franklin police say if you know you aren’t going to be home when a package is delivered, have a reliable neighbor who will be home grab it for you. 

They also say to have the packages delivered to someone reliable you know will be home to get it. 

If you recognize the suspect or have information on theft, Franklin police encourage you to call the department at 757-562-8575 or Crime Line at 757-562-8599.

WAVY App Users: Click here to see surveillance video of the suspect.

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