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Beware "porch pirates" as the holiday season kicks off

Thieves take advantage of packages left on porches
Suspect plucking packages from Butte home
Posted at 1:32 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 15:40:33-04

BUTTE — We’ve all heard of the Grinch who stole Christmas, but in Butte there’s a case of a Grinch who tried to steal Halloween.

The incident occurred at a residence when security video recorded a woman stealing packages from the front porch of the residence. The victim told MTN News one of the packages contained her 6-year-old’s Halloween costume.

Police are looking for a man and a woman in a silver Chevy Cavalier with temporary tags.

“I believe the male was wearing a yellow sweatshirt of some sort and the male will stay in the car while the female walks to the porch and steals the items from the porch,” said Butte Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich.

Fortunately, the mother says she had a backup costume for her child, but police said there were at least three or four other porch thefts that afternoon.

“This time of year, it happens more because people are starting to get packages for the Christmas season and stuff like that. So, hopefully we can catch them sooner rather than later,” said Skuletich.

Police say if you’re going to be away from home and expecting a package to have somebody look out for it for you. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Butte Police Department at (406) 497-1120.

Some tips for preventing porch thefts, from

  • Ship to a FedEx or UPS Office
  • Send the packages to your work address
  • Send the packages to a friend
  • Keep your property well lit
  • Make it look like you are home