Police catch alleged package thieves

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 10, 2019





EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe police have arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of several packages off area porches.

On Jan. 9, 23-year-old Maced Jamal Edwards, of Detroit, and 19-year-old Kamicia Chaniess White, of Eastpointe, were taken into custody. The Eastpointe Department of Public Safety said that at least 12 victims had been identified who were allegedly targeted by the suspects.

“This has been going on since before Christmas. We’ve been getting calls from residents who were getting packages stolen off their porches,” Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib said. “A woman came in yesterday and said she had a video of two people that might have been involved after a package was stolen from her. Another person then came in shortly after and said two people matching their description stole packages and drove away in a green Jeep Liberty. We put the word out to our officers to look for this vehicle. They located it and found four packages with different addresses inside.”

Rouhib said the department then executed a warrant on White’s residence in Eastpointe and located two other stolen packages inside.

The pair were arraigned in 38th District Court Jan. 10. Edwards was charged with one count of larceny over $1,000, one count of conspiracy to commit larceny and one count of possession of analogues, all felony crimes. White was charged with one count of larceny over $1,000 and one count of conspiracy to commit larceny.

Edwards was given a $75,000 bond, and White was given a $50,000 bond. A probable cause conference was scheduled for 8 a.m. Jan. 23.

“Thank you to the citizens who called 911,” Rouhib wrote on social media. “Great job day shift and detectives for making the arrest and putting this case together. If you steal in Eastpointe, residents and police work together to catch you.”

Edwards and White both requested court-appointed attorneys, but none had been assigned prior to publication.