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Woman Reports Stolen Packages, Thief Ends Up Being Sister-in-law

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sheriff-cruiserPORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Feb. 21, 2014) — Some thorough detective work helped catch someone accused of stealing a woman’s packages on her front porch.  Police say the suspect ended up being the victim’s sister-in-law, who was stealing gifts from her own nephew.

The investigation began the day before Valentine’s Day, when a woman in Van Buren County reported the stolen packages.  They included gift cards to Meijer and Kohl’s, birthday cards, video game accessories, and more.  She was able to get serial numbers from the stolen gift cards, which the suspect then used at the stores.

Security was able to catch the suspect on camera, and turned the images over to detectives at the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies tracked the suspect down, and determined it was the victim’s sister-in-law.  The items she stole were birthday presents for her nephew, the victim’s son.

She told police she threw the stolen property away because she felt guilty.  When they asked her why she didn’t just return the items if she had such overwhelming guilt, she simply said she didn’t want to get caught.

The suspect is not being named until she is arraigned on multiple charges.

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  • Amber

    I talked with the woman these items were stolen from & I felt so bad for her & her son. Poor chid didn't get his birthday presents all because his aunt was being greedy. I could not imagine having family that inconsiderate. Glad to see this woman is going to be getting the charges she deserves. I bet she wouldn't be very happy if they were items that she bought for her children & had stolen off her porch. I seen her Facebook page & she clearly has children too, she should have known better.

    • Don't Worry About It

      know the whole story before you go talking crap about anyone!!! There is a lot between that whole family that none of you know and will never know you guys can say what you want but the girl who got the packages stolen from her is nuts herself!! But beyond that its not like the packages were labeled with her nephews name on them so its not like she knew that they were his!! So back off until you know the whole story!! and by the way it dosent make you any better by slandering people on here before you even know 1/2 the stroy!!!

  • Mark

    Don't worry About It, it doesn't matter who's name was on the packages, they weren't hers! She STOLE them! She got arrested for STEALING! You stated "so its not like she knew that they were his!" but she knew damn well they weren't hers.

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