Bait Package Helps Catch Alleged Porch Pirates

Members of the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team partnered with the Postal Inspector on a mission to help combat package thefts. With permission from homeowners, officers deployed bait packages equipped with GPS transmitters on porches in targeted locations.

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 1:04 a.m., Officers were alerted that one of the packages had been stolen. Officers tracked the package and determined that it was in a vehicle. The officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The two occupants were taken into custody.

57-year-old Thomas Etier and 27-year-old Renee Rabago were lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center on felony charges related to mail theft.