Renee Abeyta got the chance to do what so many victims of package thievery have always wanted to do, and she took it!
Just before Christmas, Abeyta received a notification from her phone that someone was at the front door—she had installed a Ring system which monitors the front door with several cameras. The video systems have become so popular, Amazon now offers a monthly payment plan to purchase them.
When she went to the front door, however, there was nobody there. Quickly checking the footage on her Ring app, she saw a woman walk up to the door and steal a package off of her stoop. Enraged, Abeyta quickly ran outside and caught the woman crossing the street to get away.
Fortunately, Abeyta captured the entire incident on video so we can watch the glorious chase here:
Abeyta followed the woman in her car for a short period of time before parking and running after her on foot.
As they ran, she repeatedly asked the thief her name, threatening to call the police.
People praised both Abeyta and their own Ring system.
We have 7 @ring cameras and doorbells for this reason. A great woman in this video who is a hero! Combine your Ring with a fierce spirit and you stop criminals. Thanks @KDVR for posting. Defend your own neighborhood and home! https://t.co/UtTYAGG4Df
— Todd Mitchem (@ToddMitchem) December 24, 2018
The Ring system can be purchased here.
Meanwhile, the other woman, clearly seen on video taking Abeyta’s package, asserted her innocence.
Of course, this only made Abeyta angrier:
“I don’t even know what came out of my mouth or even why I said what I did. It just happened.”
“I was mad as hell. There was no way I was going to let her go.”
“I would have ran for as many miles as I had to to get my package.”
This video is amazing! A woman in Lakewood, CO was not going to let this package thief get away. https://t.co/RF0mmeXmGd
— Shannon Murray (@ShannonMFox4) December 24, 2018
After about a minute of running, the woman stopped and returned Abeyta’s package—a crock pot cover.
Victory has never tasted so sweet, and Abeyta has more than a few fans online.
— Jennifer Hicks (@JenniferCHicks) December 23, 2018
Cool. Funny too.
— Pamela Barnes 🦕 (@PamelaBarnes22) December 23, 2018
Hell ya! Good for you lady.
— Lee Werner (@MastaBruceLW) December 24, 2018
Good for her!! Just glad it didn’t turn out ugly!!
— James (@1Carp777) December 23, 2018
— Jordan Zinser (@zeke235) December 25, 2018
Unfortunately, she isn’t the first person who’s been forced to chase a porch pirate out into the street.
You should be warning Reno about package thieves in the area. Unfortunately Reno PD won’t do anything about it even if you chase the thief down and get the license plate. But did you hear, RPD lit the big Xmas tree downtown? Yay! Safety! pic.twitter.com/4qDMl4rGyB
— Jada Lee (@LoveJadaLee) December 9, 2018
— infowe (@infowe) December 4, 2017
— Ring (@ring) June 10, 2017
Porch Package Thieves Caught In Kenmore, WA!😁
Just gotta share! Our friends Security camera caught a package thief on camera & their neighbor gave chase! Police got the culprits! Our friends put music to the security camera tape and put it on YouTube!https://t.co/CRmupaVJSm
— Mary J (@1Raidergal) December 21, 2018
Some people go even farther in their search for revenge against package thieves…
…even if some of those stories proved untrue.
But for Abeyta, the confrontation was never really about getting her package back—it was about sending a message:
strangers shouldn’t steal things from others, especially around the holidays.