VIDEO: Camera records brazen daylight theft of parcel

Langley family releases surveillance footage to alert others

Less than an hour after a parcel was delivered to the front door of the Langley home of Sue and Greg Parslow on Friday, a dark-coloured car stopped on the street, then backed into the driveway.

A man in dark clothes, including a T-shirt with white lettering on the front, who was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, got out, strolled casually up the walk, took the parcel and drove away.

The package contained a relatively inexpensive platter for a bridal shower that had been ordered online by a Parslow daughter, who had it routed to her parents because she thought it would be less likely to be stolen from their quiet Brookswood neighbourhood.

The daughter didn’t realize it had been stolen until she checked with the delivery service the next day and discovered the parcel had supposedly arrived.

“It’s not there,” Sue told her daughter.

“Get dad to look at the security camera.”

There, in crisp, high-definition video, they could see the package drop-off, and then the theft.

“Every year, there’s a video of a package being stolen (on the news) and this year, I guess it’s our turn,” Sue said.

She noted the car did not appear to have a rear licence plate when it backed into the driveway.

“He knew what he was doing.”

She wonders if the car had been following the delivery truck route, because where the parcel was left is not easily visible from the street.

The Parslows decided to make the theft public and release he video clip to let other people in the area who may have lost packages know about the thief.

“We’re not the only ones (I suspect)” she said.

“If we hadn’t had the video surveillance, we wouldn’t have known.”

The theft has been reported to the Langley RCMP.

RCMP Sgt. Alexandra Mulvihill said while such thefts are “not a common occurrence,” with Christmas season getting closer, people are reminded to take steps if they are having something expensive or with great sentimental value delivered to prevent theft.

Recipients can arrange to have a signature required, or have a package delivered to an office, or to a neighbour who will be around if the recipient can’t be there.



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Best of the City: This year’s winners

Nanaimo News Bulletin presents full results of our 2020 Best of the City readers’ survey

Nanaimo under a thunderstorm watch tonight

Environment Canada forecasts downpour and possible thunder and lightning

B.C. Greens hurrying to get candidates in place for provincial election

No candidates announced yet in Nanaimo, Nanaimo-North Cowichan or Parksville-Qualicum

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Cops for Cancer: COVID-19 can’t stop Tour de Rock

‘having the chance to come back and ride this year means everything to me’

Masks and temperature checks now mandatory to enter Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

Mall says it’s the first in B.C. to put the measures in place

Nanaimo RCMP shut down illegal racing and stunt driving site at Duke Point

Police “swoop in” to seize vehicles and issue violation tickets

Snuneymuxw, province sign land transfer agreement that includes parts of Mount Benson

First Nation sees economic development opportunities through forestry partnerships

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Most Read