A bystander helped authorities nab a trio of suspected thieves who stole packages in Glendale on Sunday after he saw them allegedly take boxes from a delivery van, and he proceeded to follow them until police arrived.
A delivery driver was dropping off packages from Amazon in the 200 block of West Loraine Street at about 12:35 p.m. when she turned around and saw two people enter and take packages from her delivery van. The men immediately fled in a waiting black BMW without any license plates, and the female driver immediately called 911.
Tahnee Lightfoot, a spokeswoman for the Glendale Police Department, said a man driving in the area saw the crime occur and started following the BMW as it fled toward Valley View Road. The man called police and was able to direct authorities to a nearby gas station off Kenneth and Grandview roads, where the getaway vehicle had driven.
Officers soon arrived and were able to take the men into custody.
The suspects have since been identified as 18-year-old Emajea Porter, 19-year-old Anthony Henderson and 18-year-old Jordan Maclamore. Porter and Henderson are listed as residents of Carson, while Maclamore resides in Henderson, Nev.
They were arrested on suspicion of petty theft and conspiracy to commit a theft.
It’s unknown whether the men followed the delivery van, but Lightfoot said it’s typical for thieves to wait for packages to be dropped off at a home before stealing them from the home’s porch. She said drivers for the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx typically lock their vehicles when they’re making a drop-off.