Police: Man caught stealing FedEx package from porch

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Metro Police said a man was in custody after he was caught on a security camera stealing a FedEx package from a homeowner's porch.

Homeowner Daniel Dillon said the thief stole a pair of $300 diamond earrings that had been delivered to his south-side home near U.S. 37 and Banta Road.

"(The driver) shows up, drops the package inside the door just like he's supposed to," Dillon said.

FedEx reported the package as delivered, so when the Dillons didn't get it, they checked their cameras.

Two minutes after the FedEx truck left, a red car pulls up, the video showed.

A man gets out and walked up to the Dillons' porch.

"My wife and my mother-in-law were in the back yard with the dogs when this took place," Dillon said.

As the thief approached the porch, the video showed him briefly covering his face.

The thief was caught in a crystal-clear video, actually looking into the camera's lens. He appears to see one of the cameras, but for some reason, he ignored the other four that were in sight.

He grabbed the package and got back into the red car and drove away.

Police said the man clearly seen in the video is Brandon Nelms. He was taken into custody Wednesday evening, police confirmed. 

"He's been known in the past to be involved in burglaries, thefts and other criminal activity," IMPD Det. Larry Craciunoiu said. "It was extremely high-quality video. The cameras were positioned perfectly to capture the image of him arriving and leaving which led to being able to identify the suspect as well as the suspect vehicle."

When the homeowner discovered the proof, he posted the video on Facebook where in less than 24 hours, it's been seen and shared thousands of times.

"People on the Internet love stupidity and this guy is as stupid as they come. There are five cameras on the front of my house and he didn't pay any attention," Dillon said. "He's not going to be able to do this to anyone else, which is one of the main reasons we did this." 

If you've had packages stolen from your porch, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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