PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – It’s an ongoing problem that gets worse during the holidays: porch pirates. Thieves steal packages that could be Christmas gifts, especially with the holidays approaching.
Jacob Pritchett created a website called “The Plank” to make these porch pirates “walk the plank.” It is an attempt to shed light on serious situations and a way to stop crime.
“I created theplank.org to create a central location to store information about porch hacking which I think is becoming an increasingly prevalent crime,” said Pritchett.
Last week he launched the website and already has people submitting videos and information. The goal is to expose the criminals with doorbell videos and police reports. It acts as a database for sorts; it started after Pritchett had his package stolen, an Xbox Series X.
The holiday shopping season is the most profitable time of year for so-called porch pirates.
“Well, I hope the thief does the right thing and gives away the Xbox Series X because I really wanted to play a few games,” Pritchett said.
Now the video is uploaded to the page, along with a nickname for the suspected thief. “So my porch pirate’s name is ‘Scurvylegs McGee.’ “Scurvylegs McGee” if you watch this, we’re going to find you, we’re going to walk the plank metaphorically, of course, ”Pritchett said.
Pritchett admits he’s having fun with the website, but certainly thinks it’s a serious issue. He takes the Arizonans’ submissions as a way to help law enforcement with their investigations.
“I would love to inspire other people to take action, submit more information so people can help you if not on my site then elsewhere,” Pritchett said. “I think the only way to catch these people is to put their pictures all over the place.”
If you would like to submit information to the Pritchett website, click here.
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