Smile for the camera: Smirking thief caught after California woman launches her own investigation when packages filled with bible camp notes were stolen from her doorstep

Mail Online | 9/13/2017 | Kayla Brantley For
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The mail thief who was seen on home surveillance video smiling as he stole packages from a house in Northridge, California, was caught after a victim launched her own investigation.

David Dale, 30, was arrested less than 48hours after the victim posted video of the theft to her Facebook asking if anyone could identify the man.

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Within hours of the post, Tadji Akhavan Smith found victims in the area that they believe was the work of the same man.

Dale may be responsible or at least 20 package thefts in the San Fernando Valley, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Smith with was surprised to come home Saturday night to three missing packages on her doorstep that she knew were delivered.

Smith said the boxes were full of her personal notes and sermons from bible camp.

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She checked the security footage and saw a gray Honda Civic pull up in her driveway, a man get out of the car, pick up the packages and drive away.

Smith posted the video to Facebook and in community groups. The post said:...
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