Only On 8: Exposing tricks thieves use to steal packages from front doors

LAS VEGAS - Tis the season to be jolly, and apparently for for robbers!  Authorities say thieves are stealing holiday packages more and more these days.

One of the latest victims hit says two cameras caught the thieves in the act. 

The victim, who's simply being called Michelle to protect the identity of her last name, shared the video on social media and she spoke exclusively with 8 News NOW.

"The UPS delivery man actually delivered a bunch of packages and then about six minutes later you see a gentlemen walk up, wearing a hat and joggers," Michelle said as she described what happened in the video.

On the video, you can see the man scoping out both sets of packages, before choosing one and walking away.  The suspect allegedly stole more than $400 worth of Christmas presents.  

The incident happened last week near Rancho Drive and W. Charleston Boulevard. 

"Those things meant more to me and who we were giving them to, then that person that took it," Michelle.

Across the valley, in Southern Highlands, the same thing happened to Kristen Puhl.

"I saw in the video that there was a lady that came to the door like she was a door to door salesperson," Puhl said.  "She had a little envelope in hand and a pen."

Then the video shows the woman looking around before grabbing two packages and leaving.

"I was pissed. I was upset. I was like how can somebody just blatantly, during the day, come into the neighborhood, grab packages and run," said Puhl.

Puhl posted the incident on Facebook, and it since has been viewed almost 300,000 times. 

"A five-minute 'Princess Story' book and Lara bars, so for all of $15 worth a product that this thief stole," said Puhl. "Now, look at the attention this whole situation is getting."

Both homeowners who were ripped off in the front of their own homes say they're very frustrated. 

"It's not the right thing to take stuff from other people, obviously, especially around the holidays, Michelle said. Especially, given everything that has happened in our community here."

Puhl's 10-year-old son decided to take matters into his own hands. 

A bag sits outside of their home, and in it is a surprise for anyone who may want to steal from them again.

So, what's in the bag? A gift from their dog, Wally, of course.

In order to stop front porch package thieves, police advise using smart package lockers or maybe try delivering your packages to your place of employment.

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