Package thief caught on tape. Photo: Hope Modlin

Victorville Package Thief Caught on Hidden Doorbell Cam

VICTORVILLE-(  A Victorville family,  just days after installing a doorbell surveillance camera, caught a UPS package thief on tape. The theft occurred Friday, May 6th at 12:47 p.m. just four minutes after the UPS driver dropped the package off on the porch of the home.

Resident, Hope Modlin told a Victor Valley News that her neighborhood near El Evado Road and Northstar Avenue was a quiet neighborhood until around 4 months ago. In the past four months, she said there have been several vehicle break-ins, at least one other theft, and an attempted to break-in of her home.

The recent rash of crime in her neighborhood caused her and her husband to install the doorbell camera and a camera inside her home just two days ago.

“The doorbell [alarm] alerts mine and my husband’s phone when someone rings the doorbell or when there’s motion,” said Modlin. “The camera then begins to record for a short time after.”

Modlin said that the stolen UPS package contained around $70 of essential oils that unfortunately were not insured. “I’m really glad that I wasn’t home to answer, who knows what could have happened If anyone was home,” said Modlin.  Modlin did make a police report and she provided the surveillance footage to the investigating deputy.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 . Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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