Package theft caught on camera in Winston-Salem’s Ardmore neighborhood

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- In just three seconds, a Grinch swiped presents on Christmas Eve off of the porch of a home in the Ardmore community.

The homeowner posted the video and pictures to the Ardmore Neighborhood Facebook page Tuesday, asking for help identifying the thief.

Some neighbors were shocked by what they saw.

"It's just a shame," said resident Mike Hughes.

Kurt Carlan, who lives on Irving Street, thinks the same thing may have happened to him.

Carlan is still waiting on packages with Christmas gifts that never arrived for his 1-year-old daughter and newborn.

"It should have been here before Christmas," he said.

But Capt. Doug Nance with Winston-Salem police says there hasn’t been an outbreak of packages being stolen.

Nance says the homeowner who posted the video never filed a report with police.

"He has not reported it as of this time,” Nance said. “There's not been a string or a rash of delivery packages being stolen."

Even so, Nance says the homeowner did the right thing by having a security camera.

"The security camera is an excellent idea,” he said. “We actually encourage people to have security cameras."

Police also say, at any time of the year, if you're expecting a package, have it dropped off at a neighbor's house instead of leaving it on your porch.

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