Investigators in Farmers Branch say they’ve tracked down a porch pirate who had the stolen goods in his car.
Investigators say a homeowner’s surveillance video led them to the suspect, Mitchell Wayne Yelverton. They say he is also responsible for some cases in Dallas.
Farmers Branch PD says it’s a complex investigation because it involves multiple victims, more than one city and several stolen packages.
The arrest was good news to Farmers Branch residents, like Eddie Valles.
"Especially around here and around the holidays,” Valles said. “These are gifts for our families and kids and stuff like that. So I'm glad they caught him."
Police say Yelverton was stealing packages right off front porches in more than one city. Police credit a homeowner whose surveillance video apparently caught him in action.
Hours later, officers spotted Yelverton’s car in a strip mall in the 2800 block of Valley View Lane. Police questioned him as he came out of McDonald's and arrested him.
Farmers Branch PD posted a picture of the packages they say were found in Yelverton's car. It prompted a lot of question on the Famers Branch Police Facebook page from residents who are theft victims, wondering if their packages were recovered.
“Right now, we believe that he is responsible for a total of 10 thefts,” said Steve Rutherford with Farmers Branch PD. “Of those, 8 occurred in the city of Farmers Branch. And we believe two of those occurred in the city of Dallas.”
According to public records, Yelverton has been arrested before for burglary, aggravated robbery of an elderly person, and possession of a controlled substance.
Several other North Texas cities have announced stings, released security video, and increased patrols to try to catch package thieves.
"You're spending your hard-earned money for it and you're just trying to buy gifts for your family and kids and loved ones,” Valles said. “And to have stuff like that happen, it's just it's frustrating."
Detectives are also looking to other cities to see if the suspect might be responsible for other stolen packages.