(Updated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday) A 9th Street NE resident fed up with having packages stolen from her front step left a box full of dog poop outside for a thief to discover — and videotaped what happened.
Andrea Hutzler, 33, trained a camera on the front step of her home near K Street NE after she had three packages stolen in two months. Thieves took Christmas gifts, clothing and even three 6-foot aluminum poles she planned to use in remodeling. The federal employee estimates that $858 worth of goods were taken from her home.
So, Hutzler got revenge yesterday (Monday) by putting out a “dummy” box full of poop from her two dogs.
“I feel happy,” she said. “I had wanted to put in a note, like ‘Surprise! Please stop stealing my crap.'”
Police distributed video yesterday afternoon that shows a man swiping a package from an 8th Street NE home.
Ninth Street NE residents have repeatedly shared stories about package theft on a closed neighborhood listserv, resident Chuck Westover said. His family has had three packages stolen in the past nine months.
“The most recent was baby lotion. Before that, it was baby clothes. My mother-in-law sent a lot of packages and they all got stolen,” the labor union worker with a nine-month-old said. “It’s really frustrating.”
Hutzler said she hopes police can use the videos to catch the offender. In the meantime, she’s sending her packages to her friends’ houses.
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