Neighbors fed up with thieves stealing from front porches

ATLANTA — Neighbors in midtown Atlanta say they're fed up with crime in their neighborhood.

They told Channel 2's Alyssa Hyman repeat offenders keep coming back.

Neighbors said the crime begins to pick up at night.

Hyman obtained home security video showing a thief walking off with a couch cushion from someone’s front porch on Myrtle Street.

"It happens a lot in our neighborhood,” Sam Haskell said.

He said the theft caught on video is just an example of the crime happening in his midtown community.

"People take things from our front door,” Haskell said. “Everything has to be locked up on the front of the house.”

Just this week, Hyman saw neighbors warning each other on social media about a possible thief seen lurking around their homes-- someone they say has been caught stealing multiple times before.


"We all get on Next Door and say lock your doors, lock your windows,” Haskell said.

Douglas Evans has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years.

“I don't know why this is happening, but it’s pretty common,” Evans said.

Hyman shared the information with the Atlanta Police Department who said it was shared with the officers who work patrols in the area.

They encouraged anyone who sees something suspicious to call 911.

"That's what we're hoping for is better enforcement and a lot of it happens to do with crime and quality of life issues in our area,” Evans said.

APD officers said they were very familiar with one of the repeat offenders neighbors were talking about, but at this point, they can’t say for sure if it’s the same person neighbors say is lurking around.