DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have released crystal-clear surveillance video showing a young man snatching a package containing children’s books right off a doorstep in a Davie neighborhood.
Police said the theft took place about 16 minutes after the yellow package was delivered to a home near Oak Park Circle and Greenbrier Court, in Davie’s Forest Ridge subdivision, April 26.
Investigators said the package contained nearly a dozen children’s books with a total estimated value of about $45.
“My 5-year-old, he loves to read, and the books were for him,” said homeowner Francesco Nicosia.
Nicosia thought the package had never arrived, so he decided to look at the video cameras, and that’s when he realized the books had been taken.
The footage shows the thief and two other males walking through the neighborhood. “I saw three kids walking on the street, and one kid decided to turn around and walked into my walkway,” said Nicosia.
Another surveillance camera shows the subject covering his face as he walks up to the front porch. He is then seen grabbing a yellow package and taking off.
Nicosia said he’s fairly certain the thief had no idea about the contents of the package. “Not knowing what he took, and walking out like owned this place,” he said.
7News cameras captured Nicosia’s son telling some of his friends what had happened. “Somebody stole the books. That’s why they’re here,” he told a friend as he looked at 7News’ camera.
Meanwhile, Nicosia hopes the incident leads to a life lesson for the young thief. “I hope he learns from his mistakes, and hopefully realizes that what he did was wrong,” he said.
Nicosia’s family told 7News they’ve heard about other packages that were stolen right around the same time.
If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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