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This time of year, some bad guys cruise porches looking to steal packages. One got caught

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - 28-year-old Jacob Anthony Baker is accused of having stolen a police bait package in a sting to discourage package theft this time of year - and hes now in jail facing a federal felony charge. On Tuesday, December 3, members of East Precinct's Neighborhood Response Team partnered with the Portland Postal Inspector and began a mission to help combat package thefts. With permission from homeowners, officers deployed bait packages equipped with GPS transmitters on porches in targeted locations.

On Thursday, December 5, at 1:57 a.m., Officers were alerted that one of the packages had been stolen. Officers tracked the package, and located the suspect on foot near S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, and Ramona Street. The suspect was taken into custody.

28-year-old Jacob Anthony Baker was lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on felony charges related to mail theft. Mail theft is a federal crime.

The police were careful not to define the extent of the area involved in their package theft mission – and the mission has not ended! Let would-be "porch pirates" be warned.


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