Thief Caught on Camera Stealing Porch Furniture


Columbus Police are searching for a thief suspected of stealing porch furniture.

The latest crime was reported Monday in the 900 block of Oak Street and the brazen crime was caught on camera.

In the video, at first, there doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but when the suspect kept knocking and ringing the doorbell, it became suspicious.  Despite the sounds of agitated dogs inside, the suspect kept persisting.

It was clear no one was home and that is what Joshua Snyder-Hill says the thief was hoping for.  "He's got a plan to check and make sure we're not home, got my dog all riled up and once he realized nobody was coming, he started taking stuff."

The thief is seen on surveillance video scooping up porch stools, but just as he was about to take more, a vigilant neighbor stopped him in his tracks.

"I rolled down my window and said ‘what are you doing?’" said Michele Winship, who lives nearby. "He said ‘(the) dude said I could take these’ and I said no he didn't!  Put them back," she said.

The suspect only returned two stools and sped off.

Columbus Police are looking into other similar theft reports and are hoping someone recognizes his face or truck with a handicap license plate number of 461-YPM.

As for the victim, he's grateful not only for his security camera, but also for his watchful neighbor. "It's a matter of people watching out for each other, because we all work hard we want to keep this neighborhood nice," said Snyder-Hill. "She worked hard to make sure that the neighborhood stays safe and potentially could have put herself at risk so it's pretty awesome."

Anyone with information is asked to call police.