PORTLAND -- Investigators said thieves have been following delivery trucks and then stealing packages left on doorsteps. They've seen an increase in the number of theft cases recently, throughout the Portland area.
Last week, Scott Hay said he heard UPS drop off a delivery at his Southeast Portland home. But before Hay could get outside, a crook stole his package. He figured the thief must have followed the UPS truck and then swiped the delivery.
"Someone having a whole racket, like casing a UPS driver, that hadn't crossed my mind. I thought that was a little disappointing and a little creepy, to be honest," said Hay.
"It's not uncommon for this to happen and it's also not uncommon for folks to target a particular truck and follow it and try to pick up packages along way," said Brad Taylor, Crime Prevention Coordinator with the City of Portland.
Taylor suggests residents prevent theft by having orders delivered to their work, have a neighbor watch for packages and track order delivery online.
In the end, Scott Hay got the last laugh. A neighbor found his delivery a few blocks away. It appears the crook ditched the box after finding it contained a brand new toilet paper holder.