Roseville, CA- A pair of purported porch pirates were caught yesterday and stolen booty recovered, thanks to good neighbors.
At 3:05 p.m. January 6, a resident called police to report seeing someone steal a package off her neighbor’s front porch on Wheat Court. She and other neighbors gave the dispatcher a good description of the suspects and their vehicle. A Roseville officer was in the area, and two minutes later he stopped a vehicle that matched the description on Fiddyment Road and Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Officers conducted a probation search and found stolen packages, which were returned to the victim, and other suspected stolen property inside the SUV.
Danielle Barba, age 28 of Citrus Heights, and Michael Allard Parfitt, age 31 of Sacramento, were arrested on suspicion of petty theft and possessing stolen property. Parfitt was also charged with possessing methamphetamine.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of “porch pirates” out there, cruising neighborhoods and looking for delivered packages to steal. If you’re expecting an especially valuable delivery, have it delivered with a signature required. All the major shipping companies offer tracking and scheduling services, so that you can have your packages delivered when you’re home, redirected to a neighbor who is home, or held at their office for pickup.
*Roseville Police Dept.
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