The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office has charged an Elkmont man for allegedly stealing packages from residences last weekend, and investigators are still seeking the victims of package thefts that haven't been reported.
Cleabron Ray King, 35, 27727 Holland Gin Road, was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with five counts of fourth-degree theft, according to Sheriff's Office spokesman Stephen Young. King was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony; and two other misdemeanors: possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest, Young said.
His total bail was set at $9,500, Young said.
The Sheriff’s Office received several complaints of packages being stolen from porches throughout the county this past weekend, and Young said King was quickly identified when videos and screen shots from several security cameras, capturing the suspect stealing items, were posted on social media.
According to a statement issued by Young, King was also observed by several witnesses.
Young said investigators obtained warrants on King for five thefts and, after receiving a tip that he was seen at a local recycling business, they found him in the parking lot and advised him he had warrants and was under arrest.
King was stopped from getting into his vehicle but ignored commands to place his hands behind his back, Young said. He was taken to the ground and secured after he tried to reach into his pants, and investigators found he had meth and drug paraphernalia, according to Young.
Investigators have recovered some stolen items from King’s vehicle and residence, according to Young's statement. During the investigation, it was determined that King likely had followed delivery vehicles, and when a driver dropped off a package, he would take the package after the carrier left.
The investigation is ongoing, and King remained in jail Tuesday afternoon, Young said.
Anyone who had a package stolen in Limestone County June 6-10 and hasn’t filed a report is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 256-232-0111 and ask for Investigator Durden.
Decatur police spokeswoman Emily Long said that department receives about one report each month for packages stolen from porches.
To avoid package thefts, Long recommends requiring a signature upon the delivery of orders, requesting a carrier service to put packages in a less obvious location than the front door and watching out for packages that neighbors might receive and coordinating pickups with them.
“Find someone nearby who can collect your boxes if you’re away or at work,” she said.
The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said King was arrested Jan. 3 for stealing several air conditioning units in Elkmont. He tried to elude investigators, resisted arrest and was found with meth and drug paraphernalia in that incident, the office said.
During a struggle, King injured an investigator and was charged with second-degree assault, according to the Sheriff's Office.