Porch pirates have been targeting Nassau County, stealing expensive mobile devices worth thousands of dollars. Victims have reported that the thieves strike shortly after the packages are delivered. In one incident captured on video, a thief stole three new iPhones just four minutes after FedEx delivered them to a Wantagh homeowner’s porch. Another resident in Massapequa Park experienced the same pattern, with mobile devices being stolen six times in 11 days right after a FedEx delivery.
Nassau police have released images of the porch pirates, who appear to work in pairs. One suspect, identified by a neck tattoo, was caught on camera. While victims were not held responsible for the cost of the stolen items, they faced bureaucratic hurdles before receiving compensation. The incidents have prompted safety experts to recommend insured delivery options and choosing credit cards that offer backup protection. Additionally, requiring a signature upon delivery and utilizing porch lockers or package locker services can help prevent theft.
Although several states have implemented stricter penalties for porch pirates, it remains a non-federal crime. The theft of U.S. mail, which is a federal crime, is also rarely prosecuted. Last year, Americans lost over 260 million packages to theft, resulting in an average cost of $59 per package. Nassau’s Crimes Stoppers is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the porch pirates involved in these recent cases. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling 1-800-244-TIPS.