Video shows woman swiping package outside Miami Beach home

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A Miami Beach homeowner hopes crisp surveillance video showing a thief swiping a package right off her front porch will help take the bandit off the street.

7News viewer Mariana Cruz shared the security footage from Friday afternoon’s incident after she realized the delivery she’d been waiting for was now heading to another home.

“I went in and checked, and they said they had delivered it at 1:45 in the afternoon, and I just knew right then it was stolen,” said Cruz.

The homeowner’s cameras captured the exact moment the package was taken. “Luckily, I have security cameras. I have three security cameras in the front,” said Cruz, “and we played the tape back, and the package was stolen at 3:45 exactly.”

The video was clear enough that Cruz got a good look at the female subject. “She walked right up to my walkway, walked up to the bench and takes the package,” she said. “Goes to her face, right in the camera, she looks — it’s very strange — and walks away.”

Cruz said investigators believe this wasn’t the crook’s first crime. “Police say this was a pro, and with the holidays coming up, we can expect more of it,” she said.

Now Cruz wants to make sure she’s this thief’s last victim. “I hope that we catch this person, and this person gets arrested, so that my neighbors and I don’t have to feel threatened,” she said.

Cruz said she has also hired a private investigator who believes the robber disguised herself in a wig and drove a Mazda.

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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