Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

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Update by an edhat reader

Folks - CHP , Sheriff and Hope Ranch Patrol busted our thief today - yes !!!  See photos - she is hand cuffed and off to jail . She had a full trunk of packages including ours. Great job by the community!!

Thank you all for your help in catching her .


By an edhat reader

On Monday, August 12, I was robbed of thousands of dollars from this person who stole packages UPS dropped off outside our gate. 

The surveillance videos show a UPS driver dropping off the package at 5:23 p.m. in the Via Rosita area of Hope Ranch. The suspect drives by in what appears to be a dark-colored Chrysler 200 sedan*, spots the packages, flips around in the road and enters the driveway. The suspect appears to a blonde female wearing a dark hat and sunglasses with a black shirt and black shorts. She picks up the package and puts it in her car then leaves.

If anyone has information on this suspect or theft, please contact Santa Barbara County Deputy John Gruttadaurio at 805-681-4100 ext. 5105 and reference Case #19-10223.

Let’s catch this thief!

*Editor's Note: The original article identified the vehicle as a "Tesla or another type of luxury vehicle," but edhat readers determined this looks more like a Chrysler 200 sedan.

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Channelfog Aug 20, 2019 02:09 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Any ID on the perp? She reminds me of a tenant we once had, one with a criminal bent and who had once worked as a UPS driver.

LCP112233 Aug 19, 2019 11:01 AM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Excellent. What a moron, hang out in the same neighborhood for days on end ripping people off. (who probably all have cameras). Asking to get busted!

ParvoPup Aug 18, 2019 07:53 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Want to know the difference between a Seasoned Veteran and a Rookie? Look at photo number 3. The guys who know... stand in the shade. Let the newbies stand in the sun.

AdamVant Aug 18, 2019 06:52 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

She'll be back on the street shortly. Nothing will happen to her. she won't be prosecuted. She won't go to jail. She won't be punished. That's how it is.

SBWalkers Aug 18, 2019 07:03 AM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Gotta love justice. That baby is getting what she deserves
Can't wait to find our more about her... How they found her, name, where she lives, charges against her, past record(s) and what sentence/fines she faces.

Big mack Aug 17, 2019 10:35 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

I saw her today in, Hope ranch on the main drag ( Las Palmas ) as you drive into Hope Ranch . 4 Police cars and her car . They were pulling out all her stolen stuff . She's gotta be dumber the dumb . She had a folded up piece of white paper in an attempt to fool everyone like they used to put on your window after you bought a used car on her back window ( right side ) and no plates . She's so stupid she doesn't know that they'll now give you paper plates with a number . Anyways i saw the whole ordeal . Glad this fleabag is caught . I'll bet anything she's not a Californian or local .

SBSBSBSBSBsb Aug 17, 2019 09:21 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Did she steal a horse? How did she fit it in the car? Or was she towing a trailer? Please explain how a horse was involved.

a-1566071389 Aug 17, 2019 12:49 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

We recently had a different delivery company deliver something at 9:45 at night, and leave it by our curbside mailbox. She was too lazy to walk it up the driveway to our front door. If my husband hadn't seen her, the package would have sat by the curb overnight, or probably gotten stolen. Down in L.A., my niece posted a sign on her front door instructing delivery companies to toss the packages over the fence into the backyard, since she'd had things stolen off her front porch (obviously, she wasn't ordering fine china!). There must be a better way!

EastBeach Aug 18, 2019 03:35 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Our local OnTrac delivery guy will often miss his delivery date but declare it delivered in their electronic tracking system! Then he delivers it the next day. Has happened 4 or 5 times now.

oceandrew Aug 18, 2019 12:14 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

OnTrac is the worse. They'll either drop the box (electronics) over the gate or leave it in the driveway rather than push the gate open and put it out of sight of prying eyes.

a-1566103942 Aug 17, 2019 09:52 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

It was OnTrac, wasn't it? I had to write a strongly worded email to the company. OnTrac delivery people left one of my packages atop my trash bin. It was outrageous. Just lucky I got to the package before Marborg guys arrived. (I wrote after two such incredibly stupid deliveries were made.)

a-1565997955 Aug 16, 2019 04:25 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Maybe stolen, but definitely not new as Chrysler 200's were discontinued after 2017. New (and some used) cars nowadays are no longer allowed to have unidentifiable dealer paper plates, they have alphanumeric paper plates that are registered with the DMV. They look a lot like real license plates.

winter Aug 15, 2019 08:21 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Don't blame the homeowners....
We used to feel safe in Santa Barbara...
Just wait until the holidays...
Glad they got her on camera...I bet the police can identify her soon...

a-1565917598 Aug 15, 2019 06:06 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

The hat, the gloves (wow). A pro porch pirate plundering Hope Ranch. Was this person following the UPS Van around? @ OP: If your items are from Amazon, won't Amazon replace them? What was in the packages worth 1,000s of dollars? Why would you have such expensive stuff left outside your gate? So many questions.

mp805 Aug 15, 2019 06:16 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Didn't notice that at first but you are right, it appears she is wearing blue nitrile disposable gloves from the pics...Also after reviewing the video this car doesn't appear to have a license plate on the front or back of the car. Its definitely a Chrysler 200 Sport.

a-1565998032 Aug 16, 2019 04:27 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

She does realize that. That's why her car has no plates and she's wearing a hat and sunglasses. I wouldn't be surprised if the hair were fake too.

oceandrew Aug 15, 2019 05:13 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Even before finding this "porch thief" I'd think this homeowner would look for better way to have packages delivered. What's the point of having high gates if your packages are left where anyone can get at them more easily than you can? It's about as mindful as leaving a purse or wallet sitting on the dash of an unlocked car.

a-1565913173 Aug 15, 2019 04:52 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

That's the problem with the older Rings with non-HiDef video, hence no chance of getting a license plate number or car type, etc. The newer Nest Hello or Ring Video Door Bell Pro has those features.

If you don't have either, but love dogs, the route might be to have a hungry, rescue pit bull in its bed near the front porch during the afternoon delivery times.

a-1565911326 Aug 15, 2019 04:22 PM
Hope Ranch Package Thief Caught on Camera

Seems like a pro with a disguise. Hat, wig, latex gloves, maybe even a body suit. Looks like could be no license plate.

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