Lakewood Package Thief Gets The Straight Poop

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This woman has been the talk of Lakewood after security camera after security camera has caught her taking packages from porches (Photo on right courtesy Nicole McBee).

Despite the fact that nearly everyone has at least one camera pointed at their porch nowadays thanks to security systems and products like Ring, it seems like one Lakewood package thief has become the talk of the neighborhood for her chutzpah.

In the neighborhood’s Facebook group, which is curated by Realtor Kimberly Sinnott and her restaurateur husband Bob (who co-owns Toasted), the woman’s exploits have been posted regularly — first on a daily basis, it seemed, but now almost on an hourly basis.

How bold is she? Just ask Nicole McBee, who has been hit four times.

“In total, I have been hit four times, with three of those being in the last month — including today’s ‘special’ package,” she told me. More on that special package in a minute.

“I had Christmas decorations taken in December,” McBee recounted. “Then I watched out the window this past Saturday night as two packages were stolen off my porch on Saturday.”

Each time, her Ring doorbell showed her the same woman. Saturday’s theft gave her the opportunity to see the car the woman was driving, too.

“My Ring doorbell is behind a wall a does not capture street traffic,” she explained. “When I noticed several posts with the same car yesterday, that is when I got vigilante about posting and making everyone aware.”

“I was watching all the videos on the Ring and NextDoor apps, taking screenshots of her face, her car and even listening for the cadence of the car driving off and comparing to videos where it wasn’t visible. I was a maniac on a mission,” she added.

After the woman stole a package containing dog food this weekend, McBee decided enough was enough. She loaded up a box with some of her pooch’s poop, taped it up, and left it on the doorstep as bait.

And lo and behold, Tuesday the woman came back for a fourth time to snatch that box, too.

“I hope the dog poop surprise deters her from coming back, but sadly, watching all these videos in the neighborhood, she’s not the only one,” McBee said. “But for now, I feel a little better. She stole my dogs’ food on Saturday. They left her a ‘Thank You’ on Tuesday.”

Tuesday, the litany of neighbors continued. One shared pictures of the thief and her car after she took an Amazon package, sharing that the car had no license plate.

Another neighbor was able to get photos of the woman’s face and vehicle as well. McBee and her neighbors have been sharing all of their Ring photos them in hopes that people recognize the woman and are able to call police when they find her in the neighborhood. They’ve also been in contact with an officer who lives in the neighborhood.

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The package thief captured by several Lakewood residents’ cameras.

Shippers like UPS and FedEx recommend signing up for services that alert you when something is out for delivery. Amazon offers locker service so you can have packages delivered securely. Ring also outlines several steps people can take to avoid package theft, including requiring a signature for deliveries or getting a lockbox for your porch.

Like anyone who has something stolen from them, McBee is both irritated and saddened, but also a bit philosophical. After all, you should able to order something and have it delivered without worrying someone is going to come snatch it before you can even open the front door.

“It’s not so much anger as it is a feeling of violation,” she said. “Nothing of any real value has been taken, so I might feel differently otherwise.”

“I want her to get caught and to be held accountable for her behavior,” McBee said. “Who’s to say what that is. If it’s a mental illness, she needs help. If she’s just a grinch, then she needs a boot up the a**.”

“Either way, what’s she’s doing is wrong.”

Additional photos of the vehicle and woman are below. Police recommend calling 911 to report any package theft so they can begin tracking trends, and if you see this woman, call to report the sighting.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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  1. Sheri beach says

    I read it is a Gold color. Most says she hits between 1-3pm and thiefs have been reported in the 6300 Mercedes, yesterday on Vanderbilt and today on Velasco and Pearson.

  2. mmCandy Evans says

    Next package has to be that ink dye that stays on your skin. The poop package is genius! This is ridiculous that you cannot receive or send packages (used to happen at my son’s house in Cali as they were on a busy corner so I stopped sending packages!). Crime like this or on the streets is an infringement of our personal rights. Catch this thief and lock her up!

  3. DOES IT MATTER ? says

    POLICE NEED TO PUT A STING ON THIS BITCH !! EVEN I’VE SEEN 2 VIDEOS WITH HER IN IT.. AND IF IT’S THAT OFTEN IN EAST DALLAS, SHE SHOULD BE CAUGHT THEN PISTOL WHIPPED !

  4. Jan Landrum says

    Everyone should put out a box of trash or newspapers (something she would not use or re-sell) every day to deter her. I would also put up a “No trespassing” sign and try to have her prosecuted when she is eventually caught.

  5. Nah says

    Her name is [redacted]. She is my neighbor at my apartment complex and I’ve caught her stealing my packages as well.

  6. Natalie says

    This could be a larger ring than just one wacked out chick!!! Police should follower her to see where she is selling the packages. Another neighborhood discussion board said this thief-woman hangs out at the 7-11 on lowest Greenville and may be on some wacky drugs. Follower her to see if she is trading her stolen packages for her drugs.

  7. LB says

    Put an old smart phone in a box hidden inside of another item. Have it turned on and have Google Tracking enabled (go to Google Maps, Menu, Location Sharing and share with yourself). Let her steal it, then track her. Tracking will be active until the battery dies.

  8. Natalie says

    Start packing up your used baby diapers and other interesting items…..get creative!!!! Leave those boxed items for the package thieves. TAKE BACK YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!

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