Gladstone News

Porch Pirates Throw Stolen Packages Out Car Windows, Leaving Victims in Their Wak

Location: Gladstone, MO


In a disturbing trend that adds another layer to the "people suck" sentiment, porch pirates have taken their criminal antics to new heights, or rather, new streets. Commuters in Gladstone were shocked this morning to find open boxes strewn across two different streets, evidence of a brazen and reckless method employed by these thieves.

One witness, who had to navigate around the scattered packages, reported the disheartening sight on social media, highlighting the audacious move by the porch pirates. Apparently, the thieves are not just content with stealing packages from doorsteps; they are now tossing the stolen goods out of car windows as they make their getaway.

During the morning commute, a Good Samaritan noticed a box from Air Moto addressed to someone on NW 111th St. amidst the discarded packages. The witness, appalled by the criminal behavior, decided to stop and investigate further. Upon returning, they discovered that two smaller black boxes that had been present earlier were mysteriously gone.

"It's disheartening to think that someone's Christmas gift, or maybe even something essential, was callously discarded like trash," the witness remarked.

The retrieved box contained a brand new pair of men's leather boots, and without the outer delivery box, the Good Samaritan is now on a mission to reunite the stolen item with its rightful owner. In a heartfelt gesture, they are urging the victim to come forward and identify the brand and size of the boots so that they can be reclaimed.

"If these boots belong to you, and you can provide details about them, please come forward. We want to ensure they get back to their rightful owner," the Good Samaritan stated.

However, in the event that the victim remains unidentified, the Good Samaritan has pledged to donate the boots to ensure that at least something positive comes out of this unfortunate situation. The community rallied around Carroll's good deed, with residents expressing gratitude for her kindness and frustration towards those responsible for the thefts.

Marion Walsh commented, "I put a heart for your kindness, not for the lowlifes stealing people’s property!"

Others shared similar sentiments, sharing their own experiences with good Samaritans in the community. Nancy Baker stated, "These people frustrate me to no end. Thx for trying to find owner tho. 😊" Despite the unfortunate incident, Carroll's actions have not gone unnoticed, with many praising her as a beacon of hope in a community plagued by the actions of porch pirates.

The incident has sparked conversations among residents about the prevalence of theft in the area, with some sharing their own encounters with dumped items and expressing concern for the safety of delivered packages. As the community remains vigilant, residents like Cristi Carroll stand as a reminder that kindness and empathy can prevail in the face of such challenges.

The incident serves as a stark reminder for residents to remain vigilant and take precautions against porch piracy, and for authorities to intensify efforts to curb this rising trend. As the holiday season approaches, it is disheartening to witness such callous behavior, but the resilience of communities to come together in support of victims provides a glimmer of hope in the face of adversity.