UPDATE: Porch pirate accused of stealing ‘free’ packages arrested in Weber County

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Courtesy: Weber County Sheriff's Office

Courtesy: Weber County Sheriff’s Office

TUESDAY 7/13/2021 10:37 a.m.

HOOPER, Utah (ABC4) – A Weber County suspected porch pirate is not so free after authorities identified the man accused of stealing ‘free’ packages.

In early July, a package thief attempted to walk off with packages from a home’s porch by placing them in a box he was carrying that had the word ‘free’ hand-written on it.

“The package bandit thought this was a clever heist assuming people in the area would believe he was collecting free items, but the homeowner was not fooled,” the Weber County Sheriff’s Office said in its original post.

Unfortunately for the thief, this “not so clever heist” did not go unnoticed — he was captured on the homeowner’s security camera walking off with the packages.

On Tuesday, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Matthew Montoya has been identified as the suspected porch pirate and is currently being held in the county jail. Montoya allegedly confessed to the crime to a detective.

ORIGINAL STORY: Weber County porch pirate steals ‘free’ packages

WEDNESDAY 7/7/2021 4:27 p.m.

HOOPER, Utah (ABC4) – A package thief in Hooper walked away with “free” packages from someone else’s porch, or at least that’s what he tried to make it seem like.

In a post to their Facebook page, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) says on June 24, the man pictured below attempted to walk off with packages from a home’s porch by placing them in a box he was carrying that had the word “free” hand-written on it.

“The package bandit thought this was a clever heist assuming people in the area would believe he was collecting free items, but the homeowner was not fooled,” officials said in the post.

Unfortunately for the thief, this “not so clever heist” didn’t go unnoticed — as he was captured on the homeowner’s security camera walking off with the packages that were definitely not free.

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to contact Detective Will Smith with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office and reference case #21WC19999.

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