Sterling Heights teens accused of stealing UPS packages

Two Michigan teens have been charged with stealing United Parcel Service packages from a Macomb Township subdivision. An alert neighbor reported the suspects to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said they received a call around 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 from a resident on the 46000 block of Arapahoe saying he witnessed a passenger from a 2010 Nissan Altima run up to the porches of two homes and grab recently delivered UPS packages. The witness took photos of the suspect with his cellphone.

As a deputy was taking a report at the first address, a witness at a second address in the same subdivision reported another package theft. Authorities dispatched to that location spotted the suspects' Nissan at a red light and pulled it over. Deputies discovered 26 stolen items in the car and allegedly located shipping labels and packaging nearby that had allegedly been thrown out of the car window. Investigators believe the stolen items came from packages pilfered from five different Macomb Township addresses.

The male suspects, ages 18 and 19, are both from Sterling Heights. They have been charged with larceny of items valued at $200 to $1,000 and conspiracy to commit larceny. The 19-year-old was also charged with marijuana possession. Both teens were released on a $5,000 personal bond.

Individuals charged with larceny may benefit from hiring an attorney to represent their interests in court. Even in cases where the evidence against a defendant appears substantial, inconsistencies or inaccuracies may be discovered that could lead to a reduction or dismissal of charges. If the defendant has no prior record, it may also be possible for a lawyer to negotiate with prosecutors for a reduction in penalties.

Source: The Detroit News, " 2 teens charged in Macomb Twp. UPS package thefts", Mark Hicks, December 06, 2014