'Porch Pirate' gets 16 months for package theft
A convicted package thief will spend 16 months in prison, prosecutors say.
Maksym Bonarov, a 29-year-old Portland resident, was found guilty of stealing packages while serving as a contracted delivery driver for a "national online-based delivery service."
He sold the ill-gotten goods on a mobile app after stealing them from front porches along his delivery route.
But officials say Bonarov voluntarily allowed police to recover some of the stolen packages from his home and also to review the smartphone app after he was caught.
"He's been extremely remorseful," Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer said in court. "He was helpful to the police."
Bonarov was convicted of three counts of felony computer crimes, two counts of first-degree theft and one count of recklessly endangering.
He pleaded no contest, and will be placed on probation for the next three years.
When asked to specify the name of the "national" company Bonarov contracted with, a spokesman for the DA's office explained that he couldn't reveal the name because "it was never stated on the record or filed in a public document."
Prosecutors say the Portland Police Bureau supported the plea deal.