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‘Porch pirates' nabbed for stealing packages in Palm Beach, Broward Counties, police say

Posted at 7:41 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 14:17:15-05

Two Royal Palm Beach men are accused of driving through Palm Beach and Broward Counties and stealing packages off people’s doorsteps.

Detectives say they found a truck full of stolen brown packages, an Apple 4k TV and English pies in a vehicle with Curtis Harris, 32, and Demetrius Harris, 27.

Boca Raton Police report spotting the duo driving up and down residential streets in a 2018 Infiniti Q50 on Dec. 19. They would pull into driveways of homes looking for packages to steal and then continued onto Deerfield Beach, according to an arrest report. 

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office helicopter conducted surveillance as members from several agencies including the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale Police and the South Florida Task Force tracked the car.

“Many of our residents have been victimized by these thieves. Great work by BRPD detectives and our law enforcement partners,” Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander posted on Facebook.

The thieves stole $500 in cash, macadamia nuts, a book, Buddy in a Box, a Peanuts Snow Globe, Oakley t-shirt, outdoor gift set, holiday roast coffee, and a snoopy plush toy together worth almost $900 from a Lighthouse Point house, the report states.

Records show Harris is the registered owner of the Infiniti. Demetrius Harris was released on bail from the Palm Beach County Jail on Dec. 15 after being arrested for grand theft auto, according to court records.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the men after they drove into a development in Deerfield Beach. The two men got out of the car and opened the trunk when deputies approached them and saw their loot.

The men facing three charges of burglary. They are being held on bond at the Broward County Jail.