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Lee's Summit man helps police catch posse of porch pirates

Posted at 12:43 PM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 19:36:25-05

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Lee's Summit police said a trio of porch pirates is responsible for stealing up to 50 packages this holiday season. 

Thanks to the quick thinking of one man, police were able to apprehend the three teenagers. 

Ron Worth was working in his office when he saw something suspicious out his window. 

"I saw a black car stop quickly outside my house. When I was looking out the window, I saw it and as soon as I saw it I also saw two people walking across my yard carrying packages," said Worth. 

The two people jumped in the car and it sped off. 

Worth called 911 and reported what he saw, the car's description and the direction they were heading. 

Then he went over to check on his neighbor. 

"Ron came over and he said he just caught some guys in a black car out of the corner of his eye taking some packages off his porch, and he wasn’t sure if they got mine," said Judy Rogers, who lives next door to Worth. 

Sure enough, a dozen packages Rogers had left on her porch for pick up were gone. 

"So I immediately called the post office to see if they had picked up my packages and they had not," said Rogers. 

Worth said he feels lucky he saw the thieves out of the corner of his eye. 

"They told me they had already stopped the guy by the time the policemen got here," said Worth. 

Police said the three porch pirates were teenagers who had been making the rounds through the holiday season, stealing up to 50 packages across Lee's Summit. 

Police were able to return many of the stolen items including the ones taken off Rogers’s porch. 

"The police were very responsive… They were all over it so I was very happy," said Rogers. 

The packages were opened and all of the boxes and labels were thrown away so it took some time to sort out what had been taken from where. Police said they've been able to get a lot of the items back to their rightful owners.