Thieves steal gift packages from Bountiful porches

Dec 20 2011 - 12:04am

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Jamie Lynn Ford
Gage Harrison Hanson
Jamie Lynn Ford
Gage Harrison Hanson

BOUNTIFUL -- Police say a watchful neighbor helped them nab a pair of suspects who were stealing packages -- meant for under the Christmas tree -- from front porches.

"A neighbor saw a suspicious car pull into a driveway and then a man get out and take something off the porch," said Police Lt. Ed Biehler.

The neighbor went outside and confronted the man, but he took off. Luckily, "she got the license plate number and a really good description of the suspects," Biehler said.

About an hour later, an officer pulled the car over for a traffic stop and found the stolen property in the car.

Officers arrested Jamie Lynn Ford, 40, of West Bountiful, and Gage Harrison Hanson, 21, of Bountiful, and booked them into Davis County Jail on Thursday.

Biehler said the two admitted to taking close to $700 worth of items Thursday, including shoes, video cameras and gift cards.

They also admitted to stealing items Wednesday.

Hanson, who has been charged with five counts of third-degree felony theft, appeared Monday in 2nd District Court in Farmington.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Hanson admitted to police he had stolen packages from at least six doorsteps Thursday and four or five packages Wednesday.

Two of the packages he stole Wednesday were thrown away, he claimed. The two he kept contained Kindles, e-Readers that he traded for heroin.

Ford appeared Friday in 2nd District Court in Bountiful and pleaded not guilty to six counts of class B misdemeanor mail theft.

When the officer inspected the vehicle Ford was in, he found one package in front of Ford and others in her purse, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Ford told the officer she was with the second suspect during the thefts but did not steal anything herself, the affidavit reads.

Biehler said this is one of the first cases of theft of packages from porches his agency has had this season. He expects when Christmas gets closer and residents realize they did not receive the packages they ordered, police will receive calls.

Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen said her agency has not received any calls yet concerning items stolen from porches.

According to news reports, Weber County has had a few cases.

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