NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — A woman who police say stole Christmas packages that had been delivered to Newport Beach homes has pleaded not guilty.

Melanie Astin, 42, faces a slew of charges including three felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of receiving stolen property and a felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

She entered her plea Tuesday.

Several residents had reported that packages left by several couriers were stolen from their front porches in the days before Christmas.

Detectives stopped Astin on Thursday afternoon after they spotted her following a delivery truck. They say Astin was arrested after police found previously delivered holiday packages in her car.

Since Astin’s arrest, police say no packages have been stolen.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  1. Richard in Castaic says:

    “Since Astin’s arrest, police say no packages have been stolen.” …How would they know?

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE