Citizen Helps Police Find, Arrest Suspected Package Thief in Orange

A citizen helped police find and arrest a suspected package thief in Orange on Wednesday.

Police in Orange said they received a call around 11:15 a.m. from an alert citizen who watched someone take a previously delivered package from her neighbor's front porch. She was able to tell officers a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving.

Officers were able to find the suspect's vehicle in the area. Police said the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Corey Roberts, of Monroe, tried to elude police by driving away and ignored the officers' attempts to get him to stop. He then abandoned his vehicle, a blue 2008 Chevy Cobalt, in a parking lot and attempted to flee.

Police said officers found Roberts and he gave himself up shortly after.

Roberts was taken into custody and is facing charges including operating a vehicle without insurance, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, operating an unregistered vehicle, misuse of a marker plate, criminal trespass and larceny.

Officers said they seized his vehicle from the parking lot of a nearby business and found more packages and suspected stolen items inside.

If you did not receive a package that your carrier or seller claims was delivered (since December 17), you're urged to contact police directly at (203) 891-2130.

Police said it appears Roberts may have targeted Dogwood Road and surrounding residential areas.

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