Thief caught on camera swiping package outside North Miami home

NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for a man who was caught on camera stealing a package from the porch of a North Miami home, Christmas Eve.

The man is captured on crisp surveillance video backing a black Lexus sedan into the driveway of a home, near Northeast 18th Avenue and 139th Street, Saturday. He is then seen exiting his car and taking the package.

“He stole it before I woke up, and I didn’t get a chance to stop him or anything,” said resident Dustin Cadigal.

The package contained a laptop. Cadigal told 7News he and his family had saved up to purchase the computer as a gift for his 68-year-old grandmother.

“She really wanted one, so we decided to get her one, and they just took it,” said Cadigal.

The resident said the laptop was an expense for which they worked very hard. “My parents work at the same place. They almost have no days off, so they work almost every day,” said Cadigal.

“I feel really bad because [my grandmother] really wanted a laptop,” Cadigal said. “She’s been talking about it for a while, and she just never got it.”

When asked whether he had a message for the Christmas Eve thief, Cadigal paused, then said, “I don’t want to say anything too bad.”

If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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