ALHAMBRA, Calif. – A woman apparently trying to steal packages got caught red-handed AND on cell phone video as she tried to say it was her mother’s house. Only problem? She was saying that to the homeowner, who was recording with his cell phone camera.
Now, police are asking for public help in identifying the woman.
It happened about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday in front of a home in the southeast portion of Los Angeles, in the area of Valley Boulevard and New Avenue, according to the Alhambra Police Department.
The homeowner parked and got out of his vehicle to find a woman walking away from his front porch carrying two packages. He began recording the woman on his cellphone.
“You know I live here?” he says in the video.
She responds inaudibly.
“If I were you, I’d put that down,” he says. “Those are my stuff. I live here. This is my house.”
“My mom lives here,” she responds.
When he says he’s going to call police, the woman drops the boxes and walks away down the sidewalk.
On Thursday morning, the Police Department shared the video on Facebook. Police described the woman as Hispanic and between 20 and 30 years old.
The resident doesn’t want his exact address given out of fear, Sgt. Jerry Johnson told KTLA.
Anyone who recognizes the woman in the video is asked to call police at 626-308-4875. Callers may remain anonymous.
KTLA’s Alberto Mendez contributed to this article.