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Man arrested after residents report package thief in neighborhood, police say
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Man arrested after residents report package thief in neighborhood, police say

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Two residents had Ring camera systems and caught a man on video who had allegedly stolen their packages.

EAST CHICAGO — Police made an arrest after residents sounded the alarm on a thief allegedly snatching delivery packages from neighborhood stoops.

James Grant, of East Chicago, was arrested Saturday on charges of theft, said East Chicago Deputy Chief Jose Rivera.

Rivera said that Prairie Park residents previously reported that packages were stolen from their porches. Two residents had Ring camera systems and caught the thief on video.

On early Saturday afternoon, a resident in the area contacted Rivera, who was off-duty, informing him the theft suspect was seen on Hidalgo Lane. Rivera called dispatch and an officer was sent to the scene to investigate.

The officer approached the man and was able to identify him as the same person caught on footage stealing packages, Rivera said.

Grant was taken to the East Chicago Police Department Jail and the Criminal Investigation Division will continue investigating the case.

"This is a prime example of our community and police working together to keep our city safe," Rivera said.

Recent arrests booked into Lake County Jail

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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