"I heard a big boom. It was loud," describes a woman after a FedEx truck police say a man stole while the driver was out delivering packages took neighbors by surprise.
"I was yelling at him to stop," said another neighbor.
That man saw the truck come barreling down his narrow street in the city's Nicetown-Tioga section.
"Dude crashed the truck into the pole," said James McCord. He saw it crash into a utility pole at 25th and Williard Street. He and his son tried to stop the suspect who got out and bailed.
"Me and my son gave chase to him. We caught him down on Allegheny and started beating on him then by that time the cops came," said McCord.
Philadelphia Police got the call around 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon about the stolen truck and were on the lookout. Skyfox flew above the scene when it ended. Police haven't said yet why the suspect took the truck but neighbors are drawing their own conclusions.
"It's around Christmas time and it's a lot of robberies going on dealing with mail and FedEx," said McCord.
The most recent incident happened Tuesday when two masked men with a gun robbed a mailman of his mail bag. It happened at 19th and Cumberland. The same thing happened to a mail carrier two weeks ago on Oxford Circle in the Northeast. Neighbors at the scene Thursday evening say they are happy no one was hurt and that people will get their packages.
Bernadette McCord said, "I'm glad they did catch him because it could be Christmas gifts and people ordering stuff. It's Christmas time and people don't have money to be losing out like that."
FedEx released a statement thanking local law enforcement for catching the suspect.