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Assistance Requested to ID Package Theft Suspect
updated: Jan 11, 2017, 10:23 AM

Source: Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff's Department

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking for public assistance to help identify a female suspect who was captured on surveillance video stealing a package off the front porch of a Goleta residence. The theft occurred on December 30, 2016 in the 500 block of Carlo Drive but surveillance video was just recently made available to the Sheriff’s Office. The recipient did not realize the package was stolen until the following week when a family member called to see if it was received. The resident then realized the package had not made it to its destination and reviewed surveillance video from the front porch. Unfortunately, the items in the package that were stolen were sentimental and irreplaceable.

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The suspect in the video appears to be a Black or dark skinned Hispanic female adult who was driving a newer model black 4-door Ford Focus. In the video, she parks in front of the residence, gets out of the car, walks casually to the front porch, takes the package, walks back to her vehicle and drives off. She is then seen pulling into a driveway a few houses away and looking into a mailbox with the flag up. She leaves without taking any of the mail. If you have any information on the identity of this suspect, you are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 805-681-4100. To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.

The Sheriff’s Office has received an increase in the number of reports of stolen packages from the front porches of residences the past several weeks in various parts of Santa Barbara County. Most of these thefts occurred during the afternoon or early evening hours when the residences were unoccupied.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to take this opportunity to remind citizens of some important steps they can take to help prevent package theft:

  • Let your neighbors know when a delivery is expected in a day or two so they can be on the lookout for the package as well.
  • Bring packages indoors quickly to limit exposure to thieves.
  • Request tracking and delivery alerts when ordering online.
  • Consider having packages shipped to places of employment, friends, or family.
  • Residential surveillance systems can also be helpful in assisting investigators with solving these crimes.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to be vigilant about reporting suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood. Suspicious vehicles can include vehicles driving aimlessly, very slowly, up and down the street, apparently lost, such as driving down cul-de-sacs or dead end streets, and other similar actions. Suspicious people can exhibit similar behavior including, approaching houses and then asking about lost dogs or other fictitious stories when confronted by homeowners. Always remember, to report suspicious activity in progress, call 911.   

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 COMMENT 751122 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 10:52 AM

Deadbeat. Get a job and buy your own stuff.


 COMMENT 751125P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 11:09 AM

I hope she is caught and caught soon.....


 COMMENT 751127 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 11:16 AM



 COMMENT 751136 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 12:02 PM

That's pretty brazen with a car in the victim's driveway.

Y'know, it's so easy during the holidays to just follow a UPS truck around. I wonder if they are observant to any tails that might be following them noting their drop offs.


 COMMENT 751138 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 12:25 PM

Wow, I never saw a "surveillance camera" change perspective like that!

It almost seems like someone's trying to convince us of something that didn't really happen - we see the "subject" walking towards the camera, we see her walking away from the camera, we see a black car allegedly in front of the "victim's" home, but we do not see the subject get in or out of the black auto. Why is that? How is there such a good pic of the "wanted" car, but we don't see the "thief" actually in the picture with it?

It just seems like some kind of psychological trick to me that she walked right up to the camera but we don't get a good look at her face, so the car is what we're really looking for...


 COMMENT 751149 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 01:10 PM

@1122 My thoughts exactly


 COMMENT 751169P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 02:17 PM

The sooner these package thieves get caught, names made public, and serious jail & fines (if they have any $), the sooner it will hopefully subside.

I'd advise anybody to use:

Amazon's free "Locker" service if you're going to receive a package from Amazon

Have things shipped with a "signature required" and that way if they attempt to deliver & you're not home, it will be held at the post office until YOU pick it up.

Have it shipped to a person or office where somebody is there to receive it.

What chance it. Yes, you may have to wait one day to get the parcel, BUT - at least you'll get it rather than the thieves!


 COMMENT 751174P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 02:44 PM

Why have video survelliance if the images turn out so shockingly bad? Okay, having the vehicle known is good, but the images of the perp?

Last week, I was walking my dog in my own hood, taking time to suss things out, looking to see who'd installed new landscaping, which new paint jobs looked good. I was going up a small steep hill, walking backwards for about 15 steps.

On the other side of a hedge, a dog started in, letting my dog know he'd been found out. I am still on the move. Such a fine day for a walk.

Suddenly, a woman comes out, grabs up her barking dog and says to me, voice dripping with suspicion and unfriendliness, "Can I help you?" I laughed and said, "I'm just walking up the hill backwards, if you'd like to give me a push." She skeddadled back into her house.

That will be the day, when I speak to others in such a way, as they pass by my house. Have we really become such paranoid curmudgeons here in Santa Barbara?


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 04:54 PM

Perps might not get caught but I think packaging up a huge amount of fresh dog/cat droppings and leaving it out for them to steal would be one way to get back at the thieves.


 COMMENT 751196 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 05:17 PM

FLICKA that is actually a great idea! I have lots of kitty litter that is stinky that would be a funny thing to do. If alot of people started doing it maybe they would be less inclined as the word got out.


 COMMENT 751210P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-11 07:13 PM

How do you get those delivered?


 COMMENT 751229P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-12 08:12 AM

Wonder if the UPS/FedEx trucks have rear cameras that might spot vehicles that seem to be following.....


 COMMENT 751241P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-12 09:35 AM

Good point, 229P.

Hopefully the drivers are trained to be top spotters like they are for armored trucks. Ever watch those guys as they pull in, wait, idling at the curb, as the other guy enters the business to get the cash & checks?

Yeah, I know they carry heat, but the FedEx & UPS jockeys could do some sort of checking & if they see something - say something fast!


 COMMENT 751264 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-12 11:56 AM

-It looks like the owner of Isla Vista Markets white ford parked in the drive way!!

-Inquiring minds want to know what was in the box...


 COMMENT 751339 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-12 05:00 PM

fricken looser, they should get a job


 COMMENT 751375 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-01-12 07:11 PM

To everyone complaining about the quality of the video and the lack of a picture of the thief actually getting in or out of the car. What we are seeing are pictures of pictures, so yes the pictures will be a bit distorted and undoubtedly smaller than what the police and homeowner were looking at. We also are looking at a few snap shots not the entire video. I'd bet they pulled the pics that give the best full body view of the thief to increase the chance that someone knows who she is. Same with the car. Who doesn't buy a new car and then show it off to all their friends? Someone might recognize something about the car that could lead to an arrest. I don't understand the need to look for problems or conspiracies where none exist.


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