porch pirate

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porch pirate (plural porch pirates)

  1. (slang, criminology, neologism) A criminal who steals a delivered package from a porch.
    • 2018, Uncle John's Actual and Factual Bathroom Reader, page 271:
      After Bohlan's home security system recorded a porch pirate stealing packages from his doorstep, he reported the theft to the police department...and volunteered his own doorstep as a place where police could leave "bait" packages to catch porch pirates.
    • 2019 November 1, Lauren Smiley, “The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This”, in The Atlantic[1]:

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  • Sean O'Shea (March 26, 2018), “Porch pirates: Your home delivery may be stolen”, in Global News[2]

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