'Butt-crack bandit' caught on camera

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 11:40:11-04

SALINAS, CA (KSBW/CNN) - A man swiped a package off a woman's doorstep, but her home security camera caught the thief in action - in more ways than one.

"It's kind of funny when you think about it, risking all this for dog food," Cherish Clinton said.

Clinton received a delivery notice from Amazon, but there was no package when she got home.

"I looked at the camera; I could see the postman deliver it," she said.

From her smartphone, Clinton watched as her home security camera caught the postman dropping off the package Friday evening. Someone else showed up and swiped it from her porch about an hour later.

"At first, I was shocked," Clinton said. "I went, 'Oh my God, in broad daylight!' How could that happen."

Her camera exposed the thief in a different way, too.

"When I saw him bend over, I thought it was kind of funny," Clinton said. "He was baring his rear end."

Salinas police said package thefts like these are becoming a problem. But the number of homeowners who have surveillance like Clinton's also is on the rise, and it's helping them catch the thieves.

"They noticed that when they blew up the picture, he had a Patriot Motorcycle Club T-shirt on and then an emblem on the hat that they recognized, so they thought that that might be a way to find this guy," Clinton said.

The clues caught on camera could be just what police need to "crack" this case.

Copyright 2017 KSBW via CNN. All rights reserved.