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Alert Neighbor Saves the Day, Certainly – but also the Mail and the Boxer Briefs

When a woman saw a man taking a package from a neighbor’s porch, she alerted police, who found mail from several Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge homes in his possession.

Police say there has been an uptick in the thefts of packages delivered by UPS and FedEX and left on doorsteps when no one is home. (Patch file photo)
Police say there has been an uptick in the thefts of packages delivered by UPS and FedEX and left on doorsteps when no one is home. (Patch file photo)

There are good neighbors and there are great neighbors.

A Ferndale woman, whose name has not been released, surely qualifies as the latter. She caught an alleged thief in the act of stealing a UPS package from the porch in her Pleasant Ridge neighborhood and alerted police, the Daily Tribune reports.

When Ferndale police arrested the suspect – Adeus Turner, 29, of Oak Park – he was in possession of mail from several mailboxes in the Pleasant Ridge area. Package thefts from residents’ porches have been a persistent problem in Ferndale and surrounding communities in recent months.

Ferndale Police Lt. William Wilson said the woman gave police both the suspect’s location and a description as he walked down the street carrying the UPS package the witness saw him take.

When a Ferndale police officer caught up with Turner Tuesday afternoon, he struggled and broke free when the officer fell on the ice. A short chase ensued, with the suspect running into yards and jumping fences between Drayton and Woodland streets.

He was eventually apprehended when police found him hiding in a garage in the 300 block of East Woodland. Police found in his possession mail from several mailboxes in the Ferndale and and a package containing boxer briefs.

Turner was arraigned Wednesday in Ferndale  43rd District Court on a charge of larceny of less than $200. Bond was set at $1,000 cash. His next court appearance is Feb. 1.

He is reportedly on parole after serving prison time for burglary and felony firearm violations, the newspaper said.
Jeanne Whitlock January 24, 2014 at 04:05 PM
It's Pleasant Ridge, not Pheasant Ridge...
Ferndale January 25, 2014 at 12:32 AM
@Jeanne: you're reading the newspaper for free, you get what you pay for.

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