Package thief returns package after owner posts video on social media

When your package is stolen off your doorstep, it's not likely that you will get your package back. One homeowner in Riverton, Utah, got his stolen package returned to him after posting pictures of the suspect on social media.

Shawn Kojima discovered his package was missing and reported the theft to Riverton police. He shared footage he captured of the thief with police, and the police encouraged him to post images of the suspect on social media to see if any neighbors, friends, or community members recognized the individual. 

Sharing the images of the porch pirate on social media

Shawn Kojima posted these photos to Facebook on November 25. It was shared more than 400 times and was seen by Facebook users who recognized the suspect.

Shawn Kojima posted these photos to Facebook on November 25. It was shared more than 400 times and was seen by Facebook users who recognized the suspect.

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Two days after posting the image and seeing it shared broadly on social media, Shawn found the package returned on his doorstep with a note. Here's the full story:

Shawn was lucky. It's challenging to recover a stolen package once it's taken. His Vivint Doorbell Camera helped him gather high-quality footage and images that he then benefited from sharing. 

If you have had a package stolen from your doorstep, here is our guide on steps you can take to attempt to recover it. We have also created this guide for steps that will help you prevent package theft from happening to you.

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