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Woman arrested for allegedly stealing packages from porches

December 18, 2012 |  5:40 pm

A woman who authorities say stole several UPS and Fed-Ex packages from porches in the Saugus area has been arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

According to investigators at the department's Santa Clarita Valley Station,  Mariola Gorak-Doughlin, 58, of Saugus had been stealing the packages since early December. On at least one occasion, a witness reportedly observed her removing packages from a neighbor's porch.

A search of the suspect’s residence turned up property stolen from five victims, authorities said. Gorak-Doughlin was arrested and booked on suspicion of grand theft. Her bail was set at $20,000, according to  sheriff's officials.

Deputies reminded residents to be mindful of leaving packages on porches and doorsteps especially during the holiday season. They encouraged people to try to ensure someone is at home the day a package is expected to arrive or have the item sent to a relative or neighbor they know will be home during delivery.


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