Bonney Lake police searching for suspected package thief

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. -- Police hope newly-released surveillance images will help them track down and arrest a thief who spent the last week stealing packages from Bonney Lake homes.

Detectives are investigating a string package thefts that began on November 20. Police say the thief is taking packages that are left on local porches after being dropped off by UPS, FedEx or USPS.

Police got a break in the case when someone turned over surveillance video that shows a man leaving a package on the front porch of the Bonney Lake home.

The homeowner said the package wasn't addressed to him, and police later learned it had been stolen earlier that day from anther local home.

Detectives now believe the man in the video stole the package, but was unhappy with what was inside and decided to leave it at another house.

"You'd think it would be easier just to drop off a package and throw it in a ditch, do something like that. As soon as we catch him we'd love to ask him why he's doing this," said Todd Green with the Bonney Lake Police Department.

The suspected thief is described as a white man in his mid to late 30s with short brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing a tan hoodie, blue jeans and brown shoes.

Police say the man left the scene in a mid '90s green over grey Jeep Cherokee that may have had a white woman in the passenger seat.

Anyone with information about the thief is asked to call Bonney Lake Police.