Alleged Package Thief Caught on Video Is Arrested - NBC Southern California

Alleged Package Thief Caught on Video Is Arrested

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    Would-Be Package Thief Arrested

    A woman caught on camera trying to steal packages from an Alhambra home was arrested after the video of her being confronted went viral. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016. (Published Friday, May 13, 2016)

    A woman caught on camera trying to steal packages from an Alhambra, California, home in Los Angeles County has been arrested after police said video of the woman being confronted, posted on the department's social media, got a whopping 800,000 views.

    Rianna Medina, 20, was taken into custody after the Alhambra Police Department released video Thursday of the homeowner catching her red-handed.

    "We had over 800,000 hits on this video," Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. "I've never seen that."

    The homeowner had arrived to his house about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday when he saw a suspicious-looking woman walking up to his front door and picking up two packages. That's when he turned on his camera and confronted her.

    Alhambra Homeowner Confronts Package Thief

    [LA] Alhambra Homeowner Confronts Package Thief
    A homeowner caught an alleged package thief red-handed and confronted her on cellphone video. This video was published on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
    (Published Thursday, May 12, 2016)

    "If I were you, I'd put that down," he told the woman, who responded by saying her mother lived at the home. When he threatened to call police, she dropped the packages and stormed off.

    The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, told NBC4 she made a vulgar hand gesture at him as she walked away.

    Police found her at a Motel 6 in Rosemead. They said she is aware of the video, but denies wrongdoing.

    "You'd think she'd apologize or ask for forgiveness or something," Johnson said. "That certainly wasn't the attitude she portrayed on film."

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