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Thieves stealing patio furniture in central Phoenix

Thieves have been stealing patio furniture in central Phoenix. (Source: Homeowner's surveillance video) Thieves have been stealing patio furniture in central Phoenix. (Source: Homeowner's surveillance video)
Thieves have been stealing patio furniture in central Phoenix. (Source: Homeowner's surveillance video) Thieves have been stealing patio furniture in central Phoenix. (Source: Homeowner's surveillance video)
Thieves have been stealing patio furniture in central Phoenix. (Source: Homeowner's surveillance video) Thieves have been stealing patio furniture in central Phoenix. (Source: Homeowner's surveillance video)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Phoenix police say they're investigating more than 10 recent cases of thieves stealing patio furniture right off residents' front porches. The trend began about a month ago with more and more neighbors taking notice.

"All they did is leave by brand-new Citronella candle sitting on the ground," said Jennifer Liewer, who had her patio furniture stolen early this month. "I just think to myself, who is it that's driving around our neighborhoods? Are they scoping out our houses? Is that going to translate to them maybe breaking into my home?"

One homeowner even captured surveillance video of thieves casually swiping their patio furniture near Central and Montebello avenues. The theft happened around the same time Liewer's furniture went missing and just a couple miles away.

"They clearly were not concerned about being caught," Liewer said. "There's no looking over their shoulders. They acted like they were out shopping."

Police say they are taking a close look at the video, which appears to show a man and a woman in a pickup truck.

Officers said one victim actually found their stolen patio furniture on a site like Craigslist. They reported it to police, officers tracked it down at a location in Peoria, and the man who had it claimed he bought it from someone else. Police say the thefts tend to happen between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Police recommend tying your furniture together so a crook cannot simply lift it up and leave.

Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call police.

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