The Christmas crooks among us

It may well be that people stealing Christmas packages off doorsteps has been going on for years, but it certainly seems as though the crime is increasing.

KARE 11 has the latest example in what must be among the most dastardly of theft crimes.

The thief was likely stalking a UPS truck and didn’t just rip off Chris Cook of South Minneapolis, but signed for the packages, too.


What can be done?

We favor the ingenuity of Andrea Hutzler, 33, of Washington, who got tired of thieves ripping off her deliveries.

So, she left a box full of dog poop on the stoop. The thief took the bait.

“I feel happy,” she said. “I had wanted to put in a note, like ‘Surprise! Please stop stealing my crap.'”