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Package thief caught on camera walks past deputies, is caught

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A man who was caught on surveillance camera stealing a package off a front porch in Oak Grove was caught less than 24 hours later, after he walked by deputies who recognized him from the footage.

It started when Geoff and Janet Wood ordered a pair of shoes online and got an email confirming the package was delivered to their Southeast Maple Street home Monday afternoon.

“When he went to check the mail I said, ‘Were your shoes on the porch?’ and he said no,” Janet told Fox 12.

When they checked the security camera perched above their front porch, they saw a delivery man had indeed dropped off the box.  But half an hour later, another man, dressed in camouflaged pajama pants and a jacket, walked off with it.

“It was a pair of shoes, not a big deal,” Geoff added.  “I figured I’d never see them again but reported it anyway.”

It turns out Janet Wood is the Oak Grove Park neighborhood watch block captain, and sent the report – and the video – to Clackamas County Deputy Karen Moss.

“We were watching it and we’re like, ‘Hey, that’s David Wilcox.’” Deputy Moss told Fox 12.  “We knew who it was because we see him down here all the time.”

Wilcox has an arrest record dating back a decade in Clackamas County.  Deputy Moss and her partner were on a coffee break at the Starbucks not far from the Wood’s home and planned to search for Wilcox – but they never had a chance.

At that very moment, Wilcox walked right past the coffee shop.

“[My partner] Steve says, ‘Oh, there he goes,’” Deputy Moss said.  “He was wearing the same clothes as last night, the same pajama bottoms and the same jacket.”

They confronted Wilcox and told him he was caught on camera stealing the package.

“He said he didn’t know what I was talking about, and I told him he was wearing the same clothes as yesterday and we had him dead to rights, and so he admitted to it,” she recalled.

Deputies say Wilcox even lead them to the shoes, which were stashed a few miles away, and Deputy Moss re-delivered them to the Wood’s.

“They were in perfect condition.  It was amazing, we were not expecting to ever see them again,” Janet Wood said.

“And now I will wear them and probably tell the story many, many times,” her husband added.

As we head into the holiday season, deputies say it’s a good reminder to never leave unattended packages on your doorstep.  Instead, have them delivered to your office, to a P.O. Box or to an address where a neighbor can sign for them.

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