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Keyword: package theft

Are you a package thief? Do you selfishly steal holiday gifts right from people's front doors? The Baltimore County Police Department has just the thing for you this holiday season!

You could be the lucky winner of a free stay at any of our fine police precincts or even get an inside tour of the Baltimore County Detention Center, just like Nasya Kamele Duvall (19) of the 100 block of Fitz Court, 21136, who remains held without bail, facing thirteen counts of burglary and theft charges after he stole a "bait package" from a front porch in Reisterstown.

Following a number of package thefts in the Franklin Precinct, the Franklin Precinct Investigative Services Team decided to conduct their investigation a little differently than usual. They set out a "bait package" on the front porch of a home on Mardan Drive, then sat back and waited. Soon enough, at 2:50 p.m. on December 11, to be specific, Duvall came along and swiped the package. When police swooped in he tried to flee but didn't get far before being apprehended.

The next time you find yourself walking down the sidewalk and see a package sitting at someone's front door, think twice. It may just have been placed there by savvy members of the Baltimore County Police Department.

Do you recognize this woman who stole a package from the porch of a home on Christo Court in Owings Mills?

The homeowner received a notification that the package was delivered, but the package was gone when he arrived home. After checking his security camera he discovered that this woman, along with a heavyset black female in dark clothing pictured in the background, took the package from his front porch around 6:51 p.m on Wednesday, May 2. Police believe the suspect may live in the Village of Painters Mill community from which the theft occurred.

If you recognize this woman contact police at the Franklin Precinct (3) by calling 410-887-6975.

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UPDATE (January 22, 2018 9:38 p.m.):

Thanks to all of the social media shares and media coverage, detectives from the Dundalk Precinct Investigative Services Unit were able to confirm the identity of the quilt's creator and return the quilt to the rightful owner. The quilt was intended as a holiday gift to the woman's young granddaughter. Better late than never in this case! Thank you to all who shared this story, bringing it to a quick and happy resolution!

Original Release (January 22, 2018 9:00 a.m.):

A cache of stolen property was recovered by detectives when they arrested two suspects linked to a series of package thefts late Tuesday night. The majority of the items are easily replaced, having been ordered online. One item, however, is a bit more special, and detectives are hoping to return it to its rightful owner - they just don't know who that might be.

This double-sided handmade quilt has a heartfelt inscription sewn onto it that detectives are hoping will help them determine who made the quilt. They are also hoping either the intended recipient or the crafter will recognize the photos of the quilt and claim it. The problem is, no one knows where it was sent to or from where it was delivered. 

This quilt was just one of a number of stolen items that were recovered from a room at the Deluxe Plaza Motel in the 6400 block of Pulaski Highway when officers from the Dundalk Precinct Community Action Team (CAT) arrested two suspects, identified as Kenneth David Sutphin (33) and Kimberly Diane Brooks (33), responsible for a rash of package thefts in eastern Baltimore County and neighboring jurisdictions.

The thefts began in early-December, with the most recent theft attributed to the couple being on Friday, January 12. With the arrests of Sutphin and Brooks, 40 out of 44 reported theft cases will be cleared, not including the countless other cases that have gone unreported; a number of items recovered from the motel room were not reported stolen. 

The investigation into Sutphin and Brooks began when Officer Caprio from the Parkville precinct handled a call for a stolen package in the 9600 block of Trepid Road, followed by a call for a number of empty delivery boxes discarded in the bushes along Miller Road. Officer Caprio took the initiative to locate all of the individuals identified on the box's address labels, the beginning of what became a long and complex investigation. She located surveillance video of the suspects and their vehicle, matched that to descriptions given by witnesses, and eventually located one of the stolen items at a pawn shop, identifying Brooks as her first suspect. Officer Caprio communicated with officers in other precincts and identified the second suspect as Sutphin, linking both to package thefts in multiple precincts. Ultimately, one case from the Towson precinct, 8 cases between the Parkville and White Marsh precincts, and 11 cases in Dundalk were cleared.

The next step was to find Sutphin and Brooks, neither of whom has a fixed address. Detectives from the Dundalk Precinct Investigative Services Unit (ISU) obtained information that Sutphin and Brooks were staying in motels. Collaboratively, they and Dundalk Precinct CAT began a search for the suspect vehicle at area motels, ending when CAT found it at the Deluxe Plaza Motel. After discovering more stolen merchandise than could be accounted for in the motel room, including the quilt, ISU began checking theft reports throughout Baltimore County, linking Sutphin and Brooks to an additional 20 cases, including cases in the Cockeysville and Essex precincts.

Sutphin and Brooks are now charged in Baltimore County with numerous counts of 4th Degree Burglary, Grand Theft, Theft between $100 - $1500, and Theft Under $100. Sutphin is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $10,000 bond. Brooks is also charged with theft and Rogue and Vagabond in Harford County and is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $2500 bond. Both also face additional charges in other jurisdictions.

Anyone who may recognize or has information regarding this quilt, or anyone with additional information regarding the theft of delivered packages, is asked to contact detectives of the Dundalk Precinct ISU at 410-887-7309.

Baltimore County Police offers suggestions to residents on options for safeguarding against package theft:

  • Request delivery services to place packages out of sight or at a rear door
  • Ask a neighbor to pick up packages for you if they see them delivered
  • Use an alternative address where someone will be available to receive packages
  • Choose an option for picking up your packages at a delivery center
  • Never leave packages visible in a vehicle

You can read other safety tips on how to secure your home, vehicle, and possessions on the Baltimore County Police Department website under "Your Safety."

Revised June 27, 2017