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COPS CORNER: Fast-working package thieves

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Also in Cops Corner: Man says voices told him to crash through gate.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Dec. 9

Fast-working package thieves

1:29 p.m. 100 block of Emerald Lake Drive

Larceny. A woman was in her home with a service employee who was performing work there when she got a notification on her phone that a delivery company had delivered two packages. About 20 or 25 minutes later, she went to the front door to retrieve them, but the packages were gone. One of the packages had contained shoes and the other contained several shirts and a pair of leggings. The delivery company confirmed that the packages had been left at the woman’s address. The woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office. 

Dec. 11

Man says voices told him to crash through gate

11:02 a.m. 14700 block of County Road 305

Criminal mischief. A woman was outside near the horse stables of a ranch when an SUV came crashing through its locked gate at high speed and screeched to a stop in front of her. A man was driving, and there was a woman in the passenger seat. 

The man “stated that the voices in his head told him to come to the property and smash through the gate,” then apologized and “stated that he should be in a ‘mental institution’ or ‘locked up,’” according to a deputy’s recounting of the woman’s statement.

Before the SUV fled from the property, the woman in the passenger seat “stated that the male was not ‘crazy.’”

The damage to the gate was estimated to cost more than $1,000 to fix.

Two other people who witnessed the incident confirmed the woman’s account.

Deputies looked for the SUV and the man, but didn’t find them.

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