Crime Stoppers offers reward for help nabbing prolific porch pirate in Central Park

Woman, accomplice suspected in at least 25 thefts
Posted at 9:38 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 00:32:54-04

DENVER -- A prolific porch pirate is raising concerns among residents in Denver's Central Park neighborhood.

They say she and an accomplice have hit at least 25 homes and are oblivious to Ring Bell cameras.

"The people doing this in our neighborhood are actually waving at the cameras," said homeowner Mike Capaci.

Capaci said his home has been targeted by thieves five times in the last six months.

He said his minivan, a Toyota Sienna, was stolen, and his replacement vehicle was broken into. He said his wife's SUV was also broken into, and that thieves attempted to break into his brother-in-law's Honda.

Then there were the packages.

Capaci says about $5,000 worth of cosmetics were stolen from his front porch.

"We put a camera up here," he said, pointing to a new security camera on his front porch, aimed at the sidewalk and street.

He said the new Vivint security system alerts him whenever someone outside is approaching his house.

Capaci told Denver7 he was a bit disturbed by what he saw on the camera Thursday night.

"There were two people walking by the front of my home shining a flashlight on my porch," he said, "and they continued walking and shined them on the neighbors' porches."

When asked his reaction, Capaci replied, "it's total frustration, just disgust. I don't understand it."

The Central Park resident said it's gotten to the point that when he or his wife, who is an executive at a cosmetics firm, are expecting a package, he stands by the door and waits.

"If you're not out there to grab them in the first hour, after they're delivered, you're taking a chance," he said.

With an extended Labor Day weekend and furlough day, Denver Police weren't able to confirm whether the woman caught on camera has hit 25 plus homes, but DPD did send out a crime alert asking for help identifying and catching her.

The crime alert, via Crime Stoppers, offers a reward of up to $2,000 for information that will help solve the crimes. Central Park residents are glad to see the reward offer.

Capaci said this isn't the same neighborhood he moved into two years ago. Back then, he never worried about his kids retrieving packages that the mailman, or Fed-Ex, left on the porch.

Now, he does.

"I'm telling you they're going to open the door one day, and there's going to be somebody looking at them, and they're going to be fighting over a box on my doorstep," he said.

Central Park District Ten (Beeler Park) Community Representative Shalise Hudley-Harris said she, too, is a victim of the prolific porch pirate.

"It's a violation," she said. "No one likes a thief."

But Hudley-Harris said her concerns extend beyond theft.

"What happens if (the suspect) continually takes from the same person and they get upset and decide to sit on their porch with their gun or their knife," she said. "It could be a $10 could be $5,000, but just the fact that someone may be willing to confront her...both of them could get injured, or lose their lives. I don't think it's worth it."

Both Hudley-Harris and Capaci believe the porch pirate is targeting Central Park because of the "easy pickings."

When asked what she thinks the solution is, Hudley-Harris said, "Without her being caught, I don't know there is a solution."

A moment later, she added, "Maybe as a neighborhood, we could organize a system, when we see packages on porches, maybe ring the doorbells and say, 'hey, just so you know, you have a package out here. Didn't know if you knew about it.'"

Another idea, she said, is having "one person who is always home, and vigilant, taking the packages and holding them."

When asked what he thinks the solution is, Capaci replied, "As cheesy at it may sound, I'd like to see a neighborhood watch."

If you recognize the women in the videos, or have any information about the package thefts, contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.