Surveillance video catches Northland package thieves in the act

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just about every day during this holiday season, someone has had a package stolen off their front porch.

Kansas City, Mo., police say it's a problem in the Northland, but they have a good clue as to who may be responsible for some of the thefts. A surveillance camera caught someone in the act.

"It shows a silver Mercedes SUV pull up, a white female gets out of the passenger seat, walks up and takes the package off the doorstep," Det. Ryan Alden said.

The stolen silver Mercedes is a key part of the investigation.

"Officers saw the vehicle, tried to stop it; it eluded them, and by the time the officers caught up, the occupants of the vehicle were gone," Alden said.

The suspects ditched the SUV behind a home near NW 64th Terrace and Jarboe. Joey Scott lives there and had just gotten home from school.

"Next thing I know, I look up and hear helicopters and see cop cars everywhere," he said. "My mom calls me to make sure to lock up the house."

After a thorough search of the area -- on the ground and from the air -- there was no sign of the suspects. But police are confident they'll find another vehicle and get back to work.

"We think that they are either possibly following around a UPS truck, waiting for them to leave or they are just randomly driving around looking for packages on doorsteps," said Alden.

Police are working with other detectives in Kansas City and other jurisdictions north of the river to see if more victims are out there.

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