Wichita police arrest 2nd suspect in porch pirate case

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Krista Dreiling (left) and Tammie Chaplin Krista Dreiling (left) and Tammie Chaplin
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police say they've arrested a second woman in connection to a package theft case.

32-year-old Krista Dreiling was arrested for felony theft and outstanding warrants related to a porch theft at a home in the 3300 block of East Clark. 

The incident happened at around 2 p.m. on Monday. A 31-year-old woman reported an unknown female suspect stealing a package that was delivered to her home. The act was caught on her RING video camera and posted to the RING.com Neighbors Portal, where officer were able to view the video where Dreiling, 41-year-old Tammie Chaplin, and a third suspect could be seen. 

The package contained a Christmas present for the victim's son

Officers followed up on the case on Friday and were able to identify and locate Dreiling at a home in the 5000 block of East Harry. Officers were able to recover the missing package and return it to the owner. 

WPD says package thefts are generally on the rise this time of year and provided some tips to keep your property safe.

  • ·       Have packages delivered to your home only during hours that you are there;
  • ·       If you are not home or out of town, have packages delivered to a trusted neighbor or have that neighbor pick up the package for you;
  • ·       Have packages delivered to a store you’ve ordered from, or you can have that package delivered to the carrier facility for pick-up;
  • ·       Check with your employer and have packages delivered to your place of work during the day;
  • ·       Consider purchasing surveillance cameras and motion sensor lights; and
  • ·       If you are a victim of a theft, call 911 to file a police report, and if you have surveillance video, you can provide that to WPD or send it directly to Sgt. Nikki Woodrow at nwoodrow@wichita.gov.

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Wichita police say they've arrested a 41-year-old woman accused of stealing a package from the front porch of a home. 

Police spokesperson Charley Davidson said Tammie Chaplin was arrested Tuesday for possession of meth and outstanding warrants. A check of jail records also shows counts of failure to comply, theft, possession of paraphernalia and traffic violations. 

A woman reported Monday afternoon that an unknown female suspect on a bicycle took the package that was delivered to her home near Mt. Vernon and Hillside. 

Her husband, Jason Whiterock, tells KAKE News that she was watching on her Ring Doorbell camera. 

"My wife was watching it also and actually noticed the people on the bike," he says. 

She turned the video into police and the very next day, the arrest was made.

"We got really lucky," says Sergeant Nikki Woodrow, of WPD. 

The package stolen was meant for the Whiterock's 11-year-old son. He was supposed to wake up Christmas morning to a laser tag set. Instead, he won't ever see it.

"Walmart's sold out of them, we can't buy anymore," says Whiterock.

Officers located Chaplin on Tuesday wearing the same clothes and riding the same bike seen in the video. The video appears to show two other people on bikes with the Chaplin.

Sergeant Woodrow says video from Ring or Nest cameras have helped police see clear descriptions of criminals and even car tag numbers .

"Five, ten years ago, that as unheard of...It's phenomenal what these surveillance are doing these days," says Woodrow.

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The three people pass a FedEx truck as it delivers the package and then approach the home about a minute after the truck leaves. 

The homeowner says the package has not been recovered. 

The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the City of Wichita prosecutor's office. 

Police say an increase in package thefts is generally seen during this time of year.  Here are some tips you can do to help keep your property safe:

  • Have packages delivered to your home only during hours that you are there;
  • If you are not home or out of town, have packages delivered to a trusted neighbor or have that neighbor pick up the package for you;
  • Have packages delivered to a store you’ve ordered from, or you can have that package delivered to the carrier facility for pick-up;
  • Check with your employer and have packages delivered to your place of work during the day;
  • Consider purchasing surveillance cameras and motion sensor lights; and

If you are a victim of a theft, call 911 to file a police report, and if you have surveillance video, you can provide that to WPD or send it directly to Sgt. Nikki Woodrow at nwoodrow@wichita.gov.

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