Newport Beach police arrested a 42-year-old Newport Beach woman today after they watched her follow delivery trucks, stealing packages from porches.
“Over the past several days, the Newport Beach Police Department has identified several victims of holiday delivery thefts,” a police news release states. “Packages left by UPS, Fed Ex, and other couriers have been stolen from the front porches of residences throughout the City.”
Detectives and uniformed officers working as part of Operation Safe Holidays, the Police Department’s holiday safety program, began monitoring deliveries, and this afternoon during surveillance, they identified the suspect.
“She was stopped while following a delivery truck in the 300 block of El Modena Avenue,” the statement said. “Additional investigative followup by the detectives resulted in the recovery of previously delivered holiday packages.”
She was booked on suspicion of grand theft. Police continue to investigate delivery thefts in Newport Beach, and they ask that if you have any information concerning these thefts, call Detective Rick Henry at (949) 644-3786 or 1-800-550-NBPD.
“If people are missing packages, they are urged to contact the companies or delivery companies,” added Sgt. Steve Burdette.
Because many of the stolen packages were intended as holiday gifts, Chief Jay Johnson made an exception to evidence rules, Burdette added.
“Chief Johnson requested that the recovered packages from this case be returned to the owners so everyone has the best Christmas possible,” he said. “So evidence will be photographed in lieu of booking into Property, then delivered to their rightful owners, by NBPD.”
Earlier today, KTLA news showed a video that a victim recorded of a woman leaving a white car, then stealing a package from the porch; watch that report here.