Mothers work together to help catch porch pirates in Fountain
A group of local mothers had enough when they saw someone stealing packages in their Fountain neighborhood. They worked together to help catch the criminals, tracking them down through home security videos and sharing information online.
"It really aggravated me," said Jamie Jackson.
Jackson was inside her home when she spotted what looked like a suspicious vehicle. She says it was driving slowly through the neighborhood, randomly stopping in the middle of the street. Then, she noticed someone go up to her neighbor's home and take a package.
“Got out, grabbed the package and that’s when I open the door and hollered at them," Jackson said.
The vehicle sped off after she yelled at the thieves. Jackson then crossed the street to go warn her other neighbor and notify police.
Word travels fast on her block. It wasn't long before a group of mothers were working together to share descriptions and doorbell camera video of the criminals.
“We came together as a community, and we were offering all sorts of footage, different angles of the vehicle," said Christina Whiting. "Everyone’s trying to get a plate. Everyone’s on the lookout.“
Fountain Police tells 11 News they were alerted about stolen vehicle Monday afternoon in the area. The first call came in around 11:30 a.m. from the 11000 block of Falling Star Road. While officers were responding to that call, they received another call referencing porch pirates on Calista Way. Twenty minutes later, they tracked down the driver. Officers say they chased the car for about four blocks. Eventually the driver stopped and two teens were taken into custody.
Fountain Police says the driver is a 15-year-old and the other boy was just 13 years old. They are both charged with motor vehicle theft, theft and underage marijuana possession.
If you live in the neighborhood of Calista Way and Traders Parkway and are missing a package that was delivered between 9 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. Monday or have any home surveillance video of the thefts, please notify please notify Fountain Police Detective Kleeb at 719-382-4255. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 719-634 STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.