Lehigh Acres porch pirates create security concerns for nearby residents


LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Lehigh Acres residents are worried they will be the next target for porch pirates.

“I haven’t had a problem yet, knock on wood, I’m waiting I guess,” Russ Gardner said.

Gardner said he is waiting to be a target after surveillance video caught someone in a red sweater walking up to a house and running away with a package.

“It used to be very very quiet, this area of Lehigh used to be the boondocks, the boonies, not anymore,” Gardner said.

The woman living at the house said they luckily only took protein powder. And she’s not the only one.

Roberta Rosado who lives a couple blocks away said her packages have been stolen three separate times. Now, she said enough is enough.

“I’m just trying to take extra measures now to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Rosado said. “At least make sure to keep an eye on the front of my home.”


Gardner said he is going to keep his eyes peeled for thieves.

“Packages will be inside here, behind the closed screen door most of the time. A few times we’ve had some left outside the door,” Gardner said.

He hopes the Lee County Sheriff’s Office can put an end to the porch pirates. 

“Catch a couple of them, the sheriff will take care of it,” he said.

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