Home video surveillance led to the arrest Sunday of a man suspected of swiping holiday packages from multiple front porches in the Bend area.
Steven Edward Stout, a 39-year-old Bend resident, was stopped Sunday in Northeast Bend, and officers with the Bend Police Department discovered packages stolen from at least two homes in his car.
According to Bend police, Stout was caught thanks to video surveillance equipment that captured a theft at a home on Fairway Drive in Bend Dec. 21. The video captured a 4 p.m. incident in which a man knocked on the door, then stole packages from the porch when no one answered. The packages contained Christmas presents.
Thanks to the video, an officer responding to that theft identified the vehicle used, a 2004 Kia Optima, as well as its license plate. That led police to identify Stout as a suspect. Two days later, another officer recognized the car and stopped Stout in the 2400 block of NE Twin Knolls Drive in Bend.
A search of Stout’s car turned up the property stolen from the Fairway Drive home two days earlier. In addition, officers found property taken from a home in the 300 block of SW McKinley Avenue in Bend.
Police subsequently discovered an additional victim, who’d filed an online report that packages containing more than $1,500 worth of snowboarding gear had been stolen from a porch within moments of delivery. This equipment, which also consisted of Christmas gifts, was returned, as were the packages stolen Dec. 21.
Stout had heroin and methamphetamine on him when he was stopped Sunday, according to Bend police. He was arrested on theft and drug-possession charges.
Bend police would like victims of similar thefts to call the department at 541-693-6911.