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Nicholasville ‘Porch Pirate’ Caught; Lexington Thief Still Sought

Posted at 7:51 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 19:51:28-05

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — It’s the time of the year when many are awaiting the arrival of holiday packages.

Unfortunately, that also includes thieves waiting to steal them.

One Nicholasville family turned to social media to help find the man who took packages right off their porch. Now police say their online plea worked.

Last week, Chase Noble came home expecting his Nicholasville porch to be stacked with packages. Inside: Toys for his children.

“Mainly it was kids Christmas toys, 90 percent of it was kids Christmas toys,” Noble said, adding there was also well-deserved gifts for his wife.

“The wife never buys anything for herself,” he said. “She finally got some shoes and some clothes and stuff.”

But the packages, though marked “delivered,” were not there. Noble says a real life Grinch got to them first. But this time, he was caught on camera.

“I saw a guy do a bunch of laps around our neighborhood, and he finally stopped and did a couple of laps back and forth to the truck before the last one — grabbing a trash bag and filling it up with all of our boxes,” Noble said.

Noble posted images from the surveillance footage and posted them on Facebook. He figured someone had to know about this unusual looking truck.

It worked. Police arrested 61-year-old Donald Curtis for the thefts.

“The finally caught the guy last night,” Noble said. “My family and I feel a lot safer now.”

So police say that’s one suspect off the street. But just miles away in Lexington, police said another “porch pirate” is on the loose. In a video shared by police, a person wearing dark clothing walks up to a home on Preakness Drive and walks away with a package.

Police and neighbors are hoping someone can help solve this case as well.