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Catching a Thief: Wanted poster goes viral

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The search for a thief has turned viral for a valley man.

His home surveillance video captured a woman stealing a package from his front door, but it's how he's fighting back that's making waves.

At first glance, the poster seems like your typical wanted poster, but take a closer look -- it's the sarcastic description of the incident and suspect that has caught people's attention.

This poster's now taken on a life of it's own...online.

"Eyes vacant, uncaring and lacking a soul, height about yay.. hair -- cheesy blond dye job, occupation: burglar.. wow is this a joke or what?"

It is and it isn't.

The flyer was created by alleged victim Tim Lake.

Lake appears to be a victim of a crime with a sense of humor.

On Friday, he says the surveillance camera outside his home at Heatherbrae and 38th Street caught a woman stealing a package that was delivered to his home.

Inside, Keurig coffee pods and two ice trays valued at $20.

"..so I obviously had a few more glasses of wine, created some posters and on my morning run the next day, went up and down the streets and sought justice," said Lake.

The tongue and cheek poster is what caught people's attention -- describing the suspect as a jerk, shameful, with a super awkward running style.

"It's a little old school, but still a very effective piece of crime fighting technology," said Lake.

The poster went viral.

"It's been on every web site I've never heard of," said Lake.  "It will help catch her.  I mean I'm not going to give up on this for at least a day.  I'm committed."

"I know someone knows this woman and they may not be proud of it, but they need to come forward and share her identity so we can put her behind bars or whatever they do for stealing coffee and ice trays," he added.

And if Lake ever ran into the suspected burglar?

"I would say, hey, you give me my stuff back, let me make some iced coffee with those things.. let me dump it on your head and I won't press charges.  No, seriously, it's a serious crime and I'd like to see her prosecuted."

The coffee company sent him free coffee.

The poster description says she's 600 pounds --  Lake says he feels a little bad about that.  On the poster, he lists an AOL e-mail address for people to send tips. 

He writes, "I don't care what Google says, AOL is still cool."

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