Portland police catch suspected Christmas package thief

Portland police catch suspected Christmas package thief
Robert Joseph Leonard

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland police arrested one of two suspected thieves who were reportedly swiping Christmas packages off porches in Northeast Portland's Irvington neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded around 2 p.m. to reports of two subjects stealing packages off of neighborhood porches in the area of Northeast 22nd Avenue and Knott Street.

Officers arrived and found Robert Joseph Leonard sitting in a vehicle with an open box from Amazon.com. He also had a microwave oven, which appeared to be new but was not in a box.

Police arrested Leonard. He faces charges of third degree theft, possession of methamphetamine, violating his parole, and driving with a revoked license.

Officer are still looking for the second suspect, a white man in his 40s with short, dark brown hair, wearing a black coat with blue trim.

Police have released a picture of the presumably stolen microwave (below) in hopes of returning it to the intended recipient. They ask that anyone with information about this suspect or the possible owner of the microwave please contact Sgt. Mike Frome via email.