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Janesville police make arrest in 'porch pirate' case

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Janesville man was arrested after police say he stole a package from the porch of home.

Jamie J. Boudreau, 32, faces charges of theft, criminal trespass and a probation violation, according to a news release from the Janesville Police Department.

Police took a report Jan. 16, 2018 of a theft of a package from the front porch of a residence on Janesville’s northeast side.

When the homeowner noticed the delivered package was not there, he checked the doorbell camera he had installed and found video of the suspect stealing it, according to the release.

Upon receiving the video, still pictures were made and passed around to the patrol shifts to help identify the suspect.

Several days later, on Jan. 19, an officer noticed the suspect walking down the street wearing the same clothing he was wearing in the video of the theft.

Boudreau was taken into custody. 

Police say the incident serves as a reminder to be vigilant when ordering and having packages delivered to residences and there are options to keep theft from occurring.

Some options are, according to police:

1. Lock boxes: You can build or purchase a rugged lock box for your porch. Nearly every delivery service has a “special instructions” section during online checkout. Delivery personnel can then key in the combination and deliver your package to a secure box. To add even more security, change the combination frequently or when you feel you've given it out too many times.

2. Timely Package Collection: Pick up your package as soon as it's delivered or have a neighbor collect it. UPS, FedEx and the USPS all have tracking services. This allows you to monitor the progress of a shipment very closely by tracking it online and even by receiving email or text alerts.

3. Security Cameras/ Doorbell Cameras: A tried and true deterrent for all manner of criminal behavior. Thieves are very aware of cameras and often look for them before attempting a theft. Also, if you do ever have a package stolen, you have video evidence to pass along to police and online stores. Most have apps that can be installed right to your phone to notify if someone is at your door. 

4. Security Signs: If all of the previous options seem too expensive or too much hassle consider posting a sign in your yard informing the would be Porch Pirate that your home is under video surveillance or has security alarms. 

5. Change Delivery Locations: Instead of having packages delivered at home, select an alternate place of delivery such as your place of employment or a relative’s residence who will be home. 

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