Kettering police ask for help identifying reported porch pirate

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a “porch pirate” who reportedly took a duffel bag off a Kettering porch.

Investigators said Thursday afternoon that they discovered the vehicle in the video is a stolen car. Police are now focusing their efforts on trying to identify the person in the video.

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The theft happened on Benfield Drive, according to Kettering police.

In surveillance video posted to the police department’s Facebook page Wednesday, a man is seen approaching the home’s front porch and picking up a large blue duffel bag sitting on the porch.

The man then takes the bag and puts it in an SUV parked in front of the home and drives off.

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Police posted a second surveillance video at a different home Thursday morning that shows what appears to be the same man leaving the same vehicle and ringing the doorbell at the home. He briefly picks up a package on the porch, but then puts it down and goes back to the SUV.

Anyone with information on the theft should contact Officer Bier at 937-296-2555 or 937-296-2557.

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