Crib stolen from expectant mom's doorstep

MINNEAPOLIS (KARE) A woman, who is waiting on a little package of her own, had one big package taken from her front door -- but it's what the community did to rally around the expectant parents that's left the biggest impact.

Just a couple months shy of her own delivery of a baby boy, Natalee Fadden and her husband were expecting a different kind of package to show up at their front door.

"I ordered a crib on a Cyber Monday deal," she said. "And it came within two days and I was home and waiting for it."

She checked her Target order and it said it was delivered -- but there was no giant crib box in sight. So she checked their doorbell video app.

"Sure enough UPS had delivered it," Fadden said. "They didn't ring the doorbell, they didn't knock on the door."

They continued watching the video, eventually revealing a Grinch with a maternity twist.

"And then about an hour after the footage of the UPS guy dropping it off, there was footage of some stranger in a tan Trailblazer that just came and took the package and left."

Fadden said she imagines the size and shape of the big box was alluring.

"More than likely they thought they were stealing a TV. The box was TV-shaped so ...," she said.

Fadden reported the theft to Target, UPS and the police -- and then posted it on a Facebook community page.

The post was meant to be a warning for others in the area but it quickly turned into an outpouring of support, from a community wanting to take care of one of their own.

"A lot of people wanted to pitch in to try to replace the crib for us or give us their own crib they're not using anymore," she said. "This part of Minneapolis doesn't always get the best rap for it, but there's a lot of good people over here that really want to help."

Fadden says they can replace the crib.

"I just keep telling myself that maybe they needed it more than I did," she said.

But she's grateful for the affirmation, from a community delivering kindness at just the right time.

"Because as we know it takes a village to raise a child," she said, "and it's a huge village over here that wants to help."

A UPS representative said they'll follow up with the Faddens directly and will launch an investigation.

Meanwhile, police want to remind everyone to consider having your package delivered to your work, to your neighbor or request a signature for it, to help avoid package thefts this holiday season.