Caught on Camera

Thieves follow UPS, FedEx trucks and steal packages from porches

DENVER – Denver police are issuing a warning about thieves following UPS and FedEx delivery trucks and stealing packages off people’s porches.

In Police District 3, southeast Denver, 14 thefts have been reported since Jan. 1, and police said they suspect there are many that haven’t been reported.

“This is a crime of opportunity,” said Denver Police Cmdr. Joe Montoya. “There could be a group of people responsible for a series of them, but I don’t think they’re all connected.”

Montoya said the thieves may be following delivery trucks or walking or driving through neighborhoods looking for packages.

One Denver homeowner, who only wished to be identified as Bill, caught one thief on a surveillance camera stealing $200 worth of photography equipment from his front porch in southeast Denver.

“I had known there was a package coming from UPS, so I waited the whole morning for it,” said Bill. “We started getting hungry, and we were gone for exactly an hour for lunch.”

That was long enough, he said, for UPS to drop off the package and the thief to pick it up and walk away — all caught on camera.

“People say when someone breaks in you feel violated. I felt the same way,” said Bill, who has since added another security camera so if the thief comes by again, there will be a better view of his face.

Police said they do not think the recent cases are connected to our story about porch-package thief caught on camera earlier this month, who was identified by a 7NEWS viewer. 


Another Fu–ing Republican Hypocrite

‘Joe the Plumber’ takes a union job at Chrysler

byLaura ClawsonFollow forDaily Kos Labor

Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber
The wingnut welfare must have run out for the man who became famous as “Joe the Plumber.” Samuel Wurzelbacher, his real name, has had to get a job that involves something other than performing the role of the regular blue-collar white guy on the Republican speaking and media circuits—and it’s a union job at Chrysler. Wurzelbacher took to Facebook sounding a wee bit defensive:

“In order to work for Chrysler, you are required to join the Union, in this case UAW. There’s no choice – it’s a union shop – the employees voted to have it that way and in America that’s the way it is,” he wrote.
(Not actually true. You’re required to pay a fee covering the union’s cost of representing you, but you don’t have to join the union.)

“Private unions, such as the UAW, is a choice between employees and employers. If that is what they want then who am I to say you can’t have it?” he said.
Somehow I don’t think the “who am I to say” logic has applied to most of what Wurzelbacher has said over the past five years. But for Republicans who are furrowing their brows at that last bit of convenient self-justification, never fear:

“Yes, I have a website that puts out conservative news. Yes, I am part owner of a gun company. Yes, I’m a Republican who was cast into the limelight for having the temerity to confront Barack Obama on the question of redistributing wealth… But I’m a working man and I’m working,” he wrote.
Oh, the temerity. Remember, too, that Wurzelbacher’s initial question to Obama “on the question of redistributing wealth” involved the business he was supposedly about to buy that would leave him making $250,000 or more and therefore taxed at a higher rate under Obama’s plans. In the grand scope of Republican scams, the ones built on this man’s image are relatively minor, but let’s not forget that the whole reason anyone ever cared about this guy is that he supposedly represented upward mobility, and some vague notion that guys making a lot of money shouldn’t be taxed more if they had only just started making a lot of money … or something like that, it was always incoherent. But even for someone who was taken up by the Right as a voice and a champion, upward mobility was out of reach. To make a living for the long term, he’s turned to a union job, and I bet he knows he was lucky to get it.

Middle Class defeated in Tennessee

By heeding to misleading information from Grover Norquist and economic threats from their own elected representatives, plant workers were given the false impression that their unionizing would ultimately do them more harm than good.

This is the exact message that Republicans hoped they would hear and one they hammered home to keep 1,500 workers from making history and unionizing the first foreign carmaker in the South. 

Thanks to a deliberate campaign of misinformation and underhanded techniques, Republicans have once again undermined American democracy and have forced their agenda on an unsuspecting population of decent, hard-working Americans.

It seems that this technique is the only one they know how to do anymore.

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