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Man's security camera captures images of porch package thief

A Richmond man used a security camera to capture the suspect. (Source: NBC12) A Richmond man used a security camera to capture the suspect. (Source: NBC12)
The man says his package contained a gift for his daughter. (Source: Submitted photo) The man says his package contained a gift for his daughter. (Source: Submitted photo)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Richmond man says that someone stole a package from his front porch over the weekend that included a gift for his 15-month-old daughter. 

Homeowner James Pilson caught the suspect on camera and is hoping to track him down to get the gift back. 

Pilson was expecting a delivery last Saturday that included headphones for his daughter to use to watch fireworks, but he never saw that package. 

"It is kind of unnerving." Pilson said.  "My wife had ordered these baby ear muffs so we could take our daughter, our 15-month-old daughter, to go watch the fireworks tonight. We were worried about it being too loud for her."

Pilson says the package was delivered around 6 p.m. Saturday evening, and just after midnight, his surveillance cameras caught the man sneaking up and taking the package. Little did he know there was a hidden camera in the window capturing his every move.

"I don't think the guy saw the camera light. I think if he did see that, it would have deterred him" Pilson said.  

The video is a little dark and grainy, something Pilson and his family are working to improve.

"For some reason, we didn't have our porch light on that night. From now on, we will do it, because I think it will have given him more light to see his face." Pilson said.

Pilson says he can't help but to wonder if the theft was worth it.

"I wonder what went through his mind when he got home and opened and saw it was something for an infant," Pilson said.

Pilson says they have not made a police report as of yet, but his wife did contact Crime Stoppers. They are urging anyone who might be able to identify the man in the video to come forward.

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