Man uses sarcastic posters to catch thief
PHOENIX, Ariz. (KPHO) — It’s not quite the crime of the century, but one man is getting creative when it comes to catching a woman caught on tape stealing a package from his porch.
“I saw that there was this woman at my door. The video camera sends me a screenshot,” explained Tim Lake, who lives in Arizona.
He has cameras around his property to keep an eye out while he travels.
At first, Lake thought the video was a new neighbor stopping by to say hello. But then he saw the blonde-haired woman grab the Amazon package and run off.
“She runs off in the distance in this weird kind of (trot), like she has a flat tire and is scurrying off,” said Lake.
To try to catch the person, Lake created a very tongue-in-cheek poster and plastered it around his neighborhood.
“It won’t happen again, not as long as we’re getting the word out,” Lake said to an elderly neighbor as he taped one of the posters to a light pole.
The poster makes light of what happened, in both its description of the suspect and the circumstances surrounding the theft.
“On Friday, the second day of August in the year of our Lord 2013, I was suddenly and deliberately robbed by an unknown assailant,” the poster reads.
It also describes the woman as having eyes “lacking a soul” and her height as “about yay” high. Lake even created an email account, firstname.lastname@example.org, for tips leading to her arrest.
He said he’s making light of the situation since the package only contained some K-Cup coffee pods and an ice cube tray. However, he knows it could have been something more expensive, which is why he’s trying to spread the word about the theft in a creative way.
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. But I will look for you. I will find you, and I will convict you. So that’s the gist of what I would say to her on the street if I ran into her,” Lake joked, paraphrasing a line from a popular action movie.
In addition to the posters, he filed a report with Phoenix police.