APOPKA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A Christmas Grinch struck an Apopka neighborhood. Police say a man was caught on surveillance cameras backing into the someone's driveway on Saturday afternoon, taking three packages from a door step, then driving off.
Apopka police responded to the Piedmont Park subdivision just after 9 a.m., in reference to theft of several packages. The homeowner noticed that several items that she ordered had not been delivered to her home. After confirming that the items had been delivered several days prior, she turned to her video surveillance.
Video recorded two days earlier shows that, at approximately 11 a.m., shows three packages were delivered to her home by the USPS. At approximately 3 p.m., a man driving a late model black Chevrolet Impala, is seen backing into the driveway. The driver is then seen walking to the front door. The driver makes two trips to the door, taking three packages in the process. After placing the packages in his trunk, he drives away from the home.
It’s not what neighbors want to hear, especially now, in the midst of Hanukkah and just a few weeks before Christmas. “It’s supposed to be a day of joy and all that good stuff. It’s sad for things like that to happen. It’s really not good at all,” said resident Ruben O'Neall.
The vehicle appears to be 2006 -2013 black Chevrolet Impala 4-door with tinted windows with possibly a Florida tag. The driver appears to be a light skinned black male in his late teens, to early 20's with shoulder length dread locks. “We just moved into the neighborhood, and that is not something that we want to hear,” said Lilliana O'Neall.
Across town in Apoka, another Scrooge was at work, but police say they caught this person. Apopka Police shared video of the man accused of stealing two LED projectors for a Christmas display in front of a home in the Lester Ridge subdivision. Investigators say the owner of the lights called within days of their lights being stolen after seeing a car, just like the one caught on their surveillance camera, creeping around the neighborhood.
Officers say they pulled over Tony Ramsey and arrested him after seeing one of the stolen lights in clear view in his car. The O'Nealls say this is just a shame. “That’s sad. Go to the store and buy them. Don’t steal them from someone else that worked hard to put them out there. Goodwill has a lot of them out there, and they’re very cheap,” Ruben said.
Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) or the Apopka Police at 407-703-1771.