Woman steals nephew’s gifts; ‘felt guilty’

PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. WOOD) – A woman is accused of stealing some delivered packages, intended for her nephew’s upcoming birthday, from the porch of her sister-in-law’s home.

The theft occurred sometime during the day of Feb. 13 in the 91000 block of 31st Street in Porter Township, south of Lawton.

The 25-year-old homeowner noticed she hadn’t received the packages, so she called UPS, which said the two packages were delivered. The woman then called the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office to report the crime.

With the woman’s help, deputies obtained a list of the items in the missing packages — gift cards for Meijer and Kohl’s stores, various toiletries, candy, toys, birthday card, clothing, and video game accessories.

The victim was able to obtain serial numbers for the gift cards, and checked with their respective stores to possibly get them replaced.

Store officials tracked the transactions and had surveillance footage of the suspect.

Deputies obtained the footage, and the victim identified the suspect who then confessed to deputies when confronted with the evidence against her.

The suspect, a 23-year-old woman from Almena Township, said she felt guilty about the theft.

Police tried to recover the other items, but the suspect said she threw them away. When asked why she didn’t return them, she told police she did not want to be caught.

The investigation is being turned over to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office requesting a warrant for the following charges –

Larceny of a financial transaction device – felony
Larceny of a financial transaction device – felony
Larceny $200 to $1,000 – misdemeanor
Malicious destruction of property $200 to $1,000 – misdemeanor

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