Mail thief caught on doorbell camera

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DENVER -- A neighborhood is being credited with helping catch a mail thief. A woman’s Ring doorbell caught the man in Ruby Hill.

She asked neighbors for help and the came through. Moments after the man stepped on a porch, a Ring doorbell alerted Diana Chadwick.

That alert prompted Chadwick to check to see who’d been at her home.

“When I did, I had the pleasure of seeing somebody looking in my window and then reaching into my mailbox," Chadwick said.

The video shows a man grabbing a package – a 23 and Me test kit – and casually walking away.

"It made me kind of go 'ahhhh,' cause I bought the Ring doorbell for that purpose but I couldn’t do anything about until I got off work," Chadwick said.

Chadwick called police and alerted neighbors through her Next Door app. Trevor Dunn didn’t see the Next Door alert, but lives near where mail was stolen.

"My first question, 'How do I, without having a P.O. box, secure my proper mailing area?'" he said.

Many of Chadwick’s neighbors had questions, too, and comments.

She said one of them saw the video and identified the man, who she says was cited by police.

Chadwick said she was surprised and pleased neighbors helped ID the man.

Kayci Dunn, says there have been a lot of break ins-in the area, but not mail thefts.

“It’s alarming but its nice to know that our community is working together to stop it," Dunn said.

Chadwick said police tell her the video was instrumental in identifying the man.

While she did not get her DNA test kit back, there’s at least some satisfaction, she says, that the thief got caught.

The man has not been identified. Postal police have said in the past if expensive packages or sensitive information are being delivered to pick them up at a post office.

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