Suspected porch pirate caught on camera stealing package, arrested on Long Island

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Porch pirate arrested in Long Island after caught on video
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A porch pirate was arrested after getting caught stealing a package in Long Island.

BALDWIN, Nassau County (WABC) -- On Long Island, police say they have arrested a porch pirate who stole a package from an elderly man's home.

Detectives say 36-year-old Frank Merlo walked up and snatched a box from a 72-year-old man's front porch on Eastern Parkway in Baldwin Thursday.

The incident was captured on Ring surveillance video.

Officers found Merlo at the Baldwin train station about two hours later.

Police say he had a white rock, believed to be crack cocaine.

Merlo is facing charges including petit larceny.

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