Crime Stoppers: Package thief caught on Nest camera in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Lincoln Police say surveillance video nearly doubles the chances of solving a crime. It's no longer only businesses that are using security systems -- but homes as well.

Police have released new Nest camera video of a theft from a porch in southwest Lincoln. Police said the suspect went up to the home at 18th and Harwood in broad daylight, and stole a package off the porch. The package was valued at nearly $1,000.

"She realized later that there was male who came onto her porch, removed the packages from her porch, and was last seen westbound on Harwood street," said Lincoln Police Officer Chassidy Jackson-Goodwin.

Police say cameras like the Nest, Ring, and other personal security systems are game changers in solving theft cases.

"It's a very helpful and useful tool. And, unfortunately in situations like this, we can also see who is victimizing, violating someone's personal space and their home."

Police also have an important reminder: if you're having a package delivered, take the extra steps to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

"If you know that you're going to have a package delivered to your home, especially of value like this, almost $1,000, maybe have it delivered to your job or have it delivered to a neighbor that you know that you can trust," said Officer Jackson-Goodwin.

If you recognize the man captured in the pictures, call Crime Stoppers at 475-3600. If you provide information that leads to his arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.