Package thieves honk, wave to PHX homeowner

Posted at 9:48 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 01:55:24-04

A Valley homeowner is still fuming, after his security camera caught thieves stealing four packages off his front porch, then honking and waving to him as he watched from his front window.

“It’s just so brazen,” said Steve Hicks, who has lived at his home off 36th Street and Indian School Road for about three years.

It happened Thursday morning in broad daylight in his quiet neighborhood.

“The driver stuck his hand out and just waved to me,” Hicks said. “The feeling of being victimized was just immediate.”

Hicks captured the crime on his security system. He has an old iPhone hooked up, pointing outside his window, using the app “presence.” It uses motion detection to record any movement near the front door.

“They knew I was home,” Hicks said. “The car was in the driveway. They just didn't care.”

As for the goods swiped, Hicks says he and his wife are now scrambling.

“I just learned that my wife's first paycheck may have been in one of the packages,” Hicks said.

And if the guys have the nerve to do this in the middle of the day, Hicks worries about what else they might do in his quiet neighborhood.

“They were so brazen to wave goodbye to me after they did this, there's no telling what folks like this are capable of,” said Hicks.

Hicks said he will no longer have any packages delivered to his door, but instead will pick them up at the post office.