Package theft victims rejoice: Woman arrested for stealing boxes

Package Thief Arrest

Porch pirate victims can breathe a sigh of relief after Tuscaloosa Police arrested a woman for stealing packages over the past several months.

Northport resident Ashley Nichole Hall, 34, is charged with five counts of fourth-degree theft related to several cases reported to the Tuscaloosa Police Department and is facing additional charges from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. More charges may be coming from TPD as well.

TPD investigators first received reports in August of a woman with blonde hair stealing packages and leaving in a Honda Pilot. Many of the victims had surveillance video showing the same suspect targeting different locations around Tuscaloosa.

On Thursday, investigators with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division got a tip that Hall was driving west on U.S. Highway 11. They found her at a gas station and took her into custody.

The Tuscaloosa charges include thefts from Seventh Avenue, Ninth Avenue and Homewood Drive near the University of Alabama campus, along with University Gardens near Cottondale and The Townes of North River.

“These are the kinds of cases that were nearly impossible to solve before people had home surveillance cameras,” said TPD Commander Capt. Kip Hart. “Social media and neighborhood app groups were also a great help. The victims were able to post their videos and alert their neighbors, who were able to pull their own footage that helped with our investigation.”

Hall was transported to the Tuscaloosa County Jail Thursday afternoon pending bond.

“A lot of investigators with both agencies were involved in bringing these cases to a successful conclusion,” Hart said. “That cooperation led to the arrest today. Hopefully we’ll be able to return some of the stolen property to the victims.”

TPD encourages anyone who may have been a victim to contact TPD or file an online report by visiting tuscaloosa.com/pd/reports.

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