The nerve. This thief is a real life Grinch stealing Christmas.

Down in St. Paul last week, Hilary Smith received a notification that an online order she made had been delivered. But when she arrived home the package was no where to be seen. Instead there was just a thank-you note that read:

So just a quick little thank you for leaving me the opportunity of stealing your package. Very nice of you. Thank you, the new owner of your package.

At first Smith thought it was a neighbor playing a joke on her, because what king of thief leaves a note. After checking with neighbors on her street, she realized that it wasn't a joke at all.

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St. Paul police were contacted and are trying to figure out who the porch pirate was. They also gave tips to the public for protecting their deliveries this time of year, including:

  • Requiring a signature for delivery
  • Having packages delivered to a trusted neighbor or work
  • Having deliveries be made to an Amazon locker
  • Picking up packages at a neighborhood store

The only thing in the package was a phone charger, and Smith said that she wished it had instead been something really boring, because they can still get use out of that charger.

(KSTP 5 Eyewitness News)

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