Police investigate recent porch thefts, car break-ins

DAYTON — Local law enforcement keeps warning about a string of car break-ins and now porch pirates.

News Center 7′s Candace Price explained what consumers should do to keep from becoming a victim.

Whether you are shopping online or in person, you should make sure to protect your holiday gifts this year to avoid them being taken into the wrong hands.

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Nikolas Blecki of Centerville said, “I had a couple of packages stolen from my porch.” He said his packages were delivered a couple of weeks ago, but he never received them.

“Someone must have swiped it off before I got home,” he said. According to Blecki, he got a refund, but wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“I got myself a Ring doorbell.” He said he bought it on Cyber Monday after the recent thefts.

He said, “I wanted to make sure I have it on video this time.”

Police said there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from porch pirates:

  • Have packages delivered to work
  • Turn tracking on for your delivery
  • Have someone sign for it
  • Get a camera doorbell

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Police are continuing to investigate a string or car break-ins around Montgomery and Warren counties that they said are connected to a group out of Cincinnati.

Donna Maines of Waynesville said, “I have a good alarm on my car.” She said she is concerned about the car break-ins and she takes precautions.

“I would never leave my purse when I do leave it in the car. It’s in the trunk.”

Miamisburg Police said they have been able to identify suspects in the recent thefts and arrests have been made.