Home security camera captures woman taking package from Santee home

Video goes viral with 8.7 million views
Posted at 7:06 AM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 11:05:38-04

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) - Tammy Roberts called it a bold move as she watched home security video of a strange woman "waltzing" up her driveway and walking away with a package that did not belong to her.

"She gets out of the car like she has every right to go to my porch and pick up this package," said Roberts. "She's not looking for cameras. She's not looking around for anyone to see her. She just walks right up and takes it and off she goes."

The package disappeared off Roberts' doorstep May 17, two hours after her home security cameras recorded her postal carrier dropping it in front of her Santee home.

Roberts installed the cameras just two weeks earlier. One camera, closest to her front door, still hasn't been installed, and that's why the video doesn't show the woman picking the package up. It does show her leaving with it, though.

The video shows what appears to be a black Chrysler 300 slowly casing the area. The car pulled past Roberts' home, backed up, and stopped near the curb. A woman wearing black leggings and a white tank top is seen getting got out the passenger side, walking toward the front door, swinging her arms and a dark ponytail.

For a few seconds, the woman is out of the camera's view. When she returns, she's carrying a small package. She walks to the car, gets in, and the car drives off.

It's hard to tell from the video whether a man or a woman is in the driver's seat, and the license plate number is blurry.

Roberts called the San Diego County Sheriff's Department to report the crime. She also posted the surveillance video on her Facebook page. She had no idea so many people would see it.

Two weeks later, more than 8.7 million people had read her post. Many people posted negative comments about the woman seen carrying the package to the car, but some offered some leads to detectives.

So far, none of those leads has led to an arrest, but Roberts is hopeful.

"I want her stopped because she acts like she's done this before," Roberts said.

Roberts gets some satisfaction out of knowing the package didn't contain anything of value. Ironically, a 12-volt battery for her security system that cost $16 was inside.

If you have information about the crime or if you recognize the woman, the sheriff's Santee office is investigating.