Police cracking down on package thieves

Anaheim, Calif., officers placed a bait package at a home that had previously been hit by thieves; inside the package was an iPhone and a GPS device to help track down the thieves.
1:17 | 12/20/19

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Next tonight here, the bust, catching thieves stealing holiday packags at your door. Matt Gutman with the team behind the bust tonight. Hey, stop! Put that back! Reporter: They're the brazen thieves that strike in broad daylight and in the dead of night. The holidays are peak season for porch pirates. Most of the time, these package thieves are just going around doorstep to doorstep. They're just taking the packages. They don't even know what they're taking. Reporter: We teamed up with the Anaheim police department on a sting operation. We are putting in two brand new iPhones. Reporter: Along with these iPhones worth about $1,000, they plant a gps tracker inside the package. Trap is set. There is the bait. And as soon as this package moves even a couple of feet, it's going to trigger an alarm that will go off as dispatch and they're let officers know this thing is on the move. This police body camera footage shows Anaheim officers booking suspected thieves who had no idea the package they allegedly swiped led police right to their exact location. David, a couple of tips to avoid becoming a victim of porch piracy. You can sign up for delivery alerts from your shipper or you can even get a P.O. Box and just pick up the packages whenever's convenient. David? Matt Gutman tonight, thank When we come back here, the

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