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Southfield woman faces charges for stealing packages off Detroit porches

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

She's been described as the Grinch driving a stolen Range Rover.

Detroit police say they have arrested a 33-year-old Southfield woman who they believe to be the person on porch videos dashing up to Detroit porches and swiping packages, many of them containing holiday gifts.

The woman was allegedly driving a stolen 2006 Range Rover to carry out her alleged crimes. She had packages with her and some credit cards belonging to other people, police said at a news conference Sunday announcing the arrest.

"It appears that this individual had done this at a number of locations," said Detroit Police Department Capt. Michael Chambers.

Police say the woman was arrested during a traffic stop around 6:20 p.m. Saturday in Detroit on Joy Road and Meyers. A  be-on-the-lookout had been posted about the car and the woman. 

Most of the reports of the suspected porch thefts were from the city's 12th Precinct but the porch pirate may have struck in other areas in and out of the city, added Chambers.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller, the spokeswoman for Prosecutor Kym Worthy, said Monday her office received a warrant request for the female suspect but it "was returned to the police for further investigation before a warrant decision can be made."