Kettering police ask for help identifying reported porch pirate

Police in Kettering are trying to identify the person who appears in two separate surveillance videos stealing and attempting to steal items left on front porches.

KETTERING — Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a “porch pirate” who reportedly took a duffel bag off a Kettering porch.

Investigators said Thursday afternoon that they discovered the vehicle in the video is a stolen car. Police are now focusing their efforts on trying to identify the person in the video.

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The theft happened on Benfield Drive, according to Kettering police.

In surveillance video posted to the police department’s Facebook page Wednesday, a man is seen approaching the home’s front porch and picking up a large blue duffel bag sitting on the porch.

Porch pirate thief needs identified

We need your help identifying a porch pirate thief. The theft happened on Benfield betweeen 7:20 am - 7:23 am. Take a look at the video and if you can ID the suspect or if you can ID the car.

Posted by Kettering Police Department on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The man then takes the bag and puts it in an SUV parked in front of the home and drives off.

Police posted a second surveillance video at a different home Thursday morning that shows what appears to be the same man leaving the same vehicle and ringing the doorbell at the home. He briefly picks up a package on the porch, but then puts it down and goes back to the SUV.

**UPDATE** This porch pirate has been IDENTIFIED. Thanks! ** UPDATE** We've discovered that the vehicle in the video is stolen. Working on gettting a suspect ID now. Same porch pirate thief in a different video. Call 937-296-2555 and ask for Off. Bier if you can ID this suspect. Thanks

Posted by Kettering Police Department on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Anyone with information on the theft should contact Officer Bier at 937-296-2555 or 937-296-2557.