By Gary Nelson

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Halloween ghouls decorate the yard of a home in Kendall, but a ghoul of a different sort came to call recently. Police say it is a thief, responsible for burglaries and package thefts across the south end of the county.

Security video from the house shows a red Nissan Altima pull up along the shoulder on southwest 69th Drive. The driver, a tallish, short-haired man with facial hair and wearing dark clothes, gets out and walks to the house, appearing to be holding flyers, but his interest is in a FedEx box on the front stoop. The

Security video from the house shows a red Nissan Altima pull up along the shoulder on southwest 69th Drive. The driver, a tallish, short-haired man with facial hair and wearing dark clothes, gets out and walks to the house, appearing to be holding flyers, but his interest is in a FedEx box on the front stoop. The

The driver, a tallish, short-haired man with facial hair and wearing dark clothes, gets out and walks to the house, appearing to be holding flyers, but his interest is in a FedEx box on the front stoop. The man, begins to lift the package, but takes off running when a neighbor shouts at him.

“You need any help sir,” the neighbor recalls calling out. The man, who did not want to be identified, said “it was suspicious. Any neighbor would do that.”

The victim, Frank Mirabal, is grateful the thief didn’t make off with nine thousand dollars worth of electrical gear in the FedEx box.

“Thank goodness. And thank goodness I had just upgraded my cameras,” Mirabal said.

Police are thankful too that Mirabal’s cameras captured high-quality images of the guy. They have other, poor video of him, from burglaries and package thefts he has committed in Kendall, the Hammocks, Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay. The images from Mirabal’s camera make him and his car very recognizable. Investigators worry it’s only a matter of time before this serial offender turns violent.

“We’re trying to capture this guy, because up to now no one has gotten hurt,” said Miami-Dade police spokesman Daniel Ferrin. “But if someone were to confront him, you never know to what point he wants to take this.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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