LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In a quiet Iroquois neighborhood, there seems to be more taking than giving as the holidays approach.

“What type of morals and values do you have to do something like that?” asked Charna Gaither.

Gaither was hoping to have a new purse when she got home on Thursday, but her package was seen in surveillance video, snatched off her doorstep.

“I never purchase anything for myself, and the moment that I did, this is what happens.”

The surveillance camera in her doorbell captured a man in a red sweatshirt running up to her front door, grabbing the package and taking off in his car, only an hour after the package was delivered. Charna told WHAS11 News she will usually get an alert on her phone when someone is at her doorstep, but this time she missed it.

“I was actually seeing my patients and I put my phone down, so I turned my notifications off at that time and I won't do that again,” the nurse practitioner explained.

Police have confirmed there is an open investigation, but Charna is taking action herself so that it doesn't happen to her neighbors, too. She drives around the block, putting neighbors’ packages in her garage for safekeeping, until they come home.

“Everyone in the community, we rally around each other, and we have each other's back and we will patrol our neighborhood and we will make sure this type of thing doesn't happen again.”

Charna told WHAS 11 News she is hoping to get her money back but says she'll be a lot more cautious as the holiday season approaches.

The Louisville Metro Police Department recommends you:

  • Send your package to a neighbor's house that you trust if you know you won't be home.
  • Leave a note, asking the parcel service to come back another day, or pick it up at their headquarters.
  • Check the box making sure you have to sign upon delivery.

If you recognize the man in the video, call 574-LMPD.