Phoenix homeowner turns to smartphone app after packages swiped from front doorstep

Posted at 10:02 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 01:34:44-04

One Phoenix homeowner is fed up after having three packages swiped from his doorstep in a year.

Matt Geurts caught the thief on his home surveillance video and shared it with his neighbors on the Nextdoor app.

The video shows a man on a bicycle rolling up to the home near 22nd Street and Indian School Road in the middle of the day.

"Just like a jungle cat, he decides to pounce on his prey," said Geurts.

Geurts reviewed his home surveillance video as soon as he realized his package has been stolen on Tuesday.

"Looking through half hour chunks, and all of a sudden you see someone roll up," said Geurts. "It's just an instinct and you get the goosebumps."

The suspect was equipped with a water cooler on one bike handle, and a grocery bag on the other. He was also wearing a backpack.

"I don't know if this is just kind of his day," said Geurts. "He says, 'Well it's Tuesday and I'm going to go around and pick up packages in the afternoon.'"

This certain Amazon package had a $30 video game and $10 pool cleaner. But Geurts is fed up, after being burglarized twice already this year.

In April a man hung around his front door for nearly 10 minutes and grabbed a package. Ironically it contained a part his home's camera system.

"The guy stole something that's four dollars," said Geurts. "So the guy is risking going to jail for four dollars."

Geurts shared the latest suspect's face on his Nextdoor app and is getting a lot of responses. He's hoping he can track the man down.

"It would mean a lot," said Geurts. "It means that people are caring about their community and trying to make change and watching out for each other. That's important."