Vigilant residents help police nab package thief
A Covina woman was arrested for package theft after two citizens caught her in the act.
The residents noticed a discarded package around 3:20 p.m. on Friday, January 26 in the area of Yuba Lane and Grand Avenue, according to a release from the Claremont Police Department. The residents then located other discarded packages on nearby streets.
They followed the trail of discarded packages to an older model Ford Ranger, where they say a woman throw an empty box out of the window, police said. The resident immediately called 911.
Claremont police responded quickly and located the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Holly Stephenson. The contents of the stolen packages were reportedly found inside her truck, police said.
Three houses were hit during her spree—houses on the 600 block of Huron Drive, the 400 block of Middlebury Court and the 2000 block of New Haven Avenue.
Ms. Stephenson was arrested for petty theft with priors. According to police, she has a lengthy rap sheet—including burglary, grand theft auto and multiple arrests and convictions for theft-related offenses.
Police are encouraging residents in the area to call the Claremont police if they believe they’ve been victimized as well. Claremonters in the area with security cameras and door-bell cameras are encouraged to review their footage around the time of the incident and call the police at (909) 399-5411 if they find anything.