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Detectives arrest woman for stealing packages from porches

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Detectives have arrested a woman accused of stealing packages delivered to homes in Mission, KS. (Mission Police Department) Detectives have arrested a woman accused of stealing packages delivered to homes in Mission, KS. (Mission Police Department)
MISSION, KS (KCTV) -

Detectives have arrested a woman accused of stealing packages delivered to homes in Mission, KS.

Rachelle Supica, 46, of Overland Park is now charged with theft in that case.

Police say Supica shadowed delivery drivers as they dropped off packages outside of people's homes. She would then steal the packages that were left outside the houses, police said.

Authorities also say Supica does have a criminal background. She was found guilty of a drug paraphernalia charge in Johnson County in 2008.

On Election Day, Mark Horn was hard at work inside his house. A FedEx delivery driver parked across the street to drop off two packages for him. The driver knocked on the door and placed the packages on a chair.

Horn thought he would grab the packages in just a few minutes. Thieves beat him to it. About 10 minutes after the delivery, a dark green Ford Expedition pulled into Horn’s driveway.

“Just like they were pulling up to go into their own home,” Capt. Dan Madden of the Mission Police Department said. 

Police believe the woman seen in Horn’s video surveillance and the driver trailed the delivery truck waiting to pounce.

“They were basically following the FedEx vehicle,” Horn said.

In the security video, the woman calmly walks to the front porch.

"She was very nonchalant. If you didn't know it wasn't her house, you wouldn't know,” Madden said. “I guess that's what they are counting on.”

Workers were at the house next door to Horn. Other neighbors were coming and going.

"I was surprised at how quickly it happened and how brazen they were,” Horn said. “The holiday season is right around the corner. That package could have contained a $1,000 laptop for my kids or medicine for somebody in my family.”

The woman struggled to lift the boxes they were stealing. The thieves likely thought the heavy box would pay off. Instead, they stole about 50 pounds of office supplies.

"How many packages do you grab that are valueless? Do you put yourself at risk grabbing worthless packages?” Horn questioned.

The video surveillance system Horn purchased 10 years ago captured the entire crime. He turned the evidence over to police.

“You can rest assured anytime anything is delivered here I’m going to grab it as soon as it gets delivered,” Horn said.

To protect your packages, you can require a signature or change delivery times to make sure you are home. You can also ask your employer if you can have packages delivered to your workplace. Police say that is likely your safest option.

Anyone with information about this crime can call 816-474-TIPS or the Mission Police Department at 913-676-8300.

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