Brother of former Mt. Vernon mayor says porch pirate stole $1,500 worth of packages

Police are on the hunt for a porch pirate who they say stole more than $1,000 worth of Christmas gifts from the brother of a former Mount Vernon mayor.
Three high-tech surveillance cameras caught the porch pirate at a house on Hutchinson Boulevard in Mount Vernon.
Tech expert Butch Thomas has a clear picture of the brazen thief who swiped about $1,500 worth of business equipment and Christmas gifts for his four kids from his front porch Friday.
"She jumped out of the car, walked all the way up here, nonchalant, and gathered my things as fast as possible and got out of here. And somebody was in the car waiting for her," said Thomas.
The brother of former Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas believes his house was targeted, especially because it sits at the top of a hill, making it almost impossible to see what is on the porch from the street.
The cameras at Thomas' house were not able to capture the thief's license plate number, but she was driven away in a BMW SUV. A surveillance cameras at a BP gas station just up the street was able to see the vehicle clearly as it stopped at a light and then headed into Pelham.
Mount Vernon police are investigating.
Thomas says he gets packages every day and nothing like this has ever happened before.
Investigators say the thief is facing a grand larceny charge, which is a felony.