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Northside neighbors share info in search of package thieves

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 06:53:10-05

CINCINNATI -- Nathan Currier-Groh has video cameras around his Northside home for a good reason. 

"We had a break-in as soon as we got here," he said. 

There's been a rash of package thefts in Northside lately, and residents are using video and maps to help police. 

So recently, when Currier-Groh didn't receive a package delivery, he checked the video and saw it had been delivered. He also saw two guys approach his one. One seems to stay on the sidewalk as a lookout, while the other grabs the package from the porch. 

"You really don't know how big of a problem it is until you start talking to people," he said. 

As the video continues, the pair seems to hit another home several doors down. Currier-Groh posted his video on Facebook and Nextdoor. He said dozens of people commented about packages being taken before and after Christmas. 

There were so many reports, Currier-Groh plotted them on a Google map. He posted that too, and allowed residents to drop pins and comment on what happened to them. They've shared the map with Cincinnati police. 

"You know it happens to other people, but how many packages and how frequently? You don't really know until you start compiling it," Currier-Groh said. 

Police said they are looking into it and looking at a number of videos. They asked anyone with information on the package thefts to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.