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Porch pirate caught stealing grocery delivery in Leesburg

April Evans
April Evans

A Leesburg woman was arrested after allegedly stealing groceries from the front porch of a home.

A woman called 911 and told the dispatcher that a woman had just taken a Walmart grocery delivery from her front porch in the 1700 block of West Main Street. When the Leesburg officers made contact with the victim she told them that she got home about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. As she parked her car, she saw a woman carrying the delivered groceries from her porch and walking down the street with a man. The couple dropped most of the items and continued to walk away.

The victim described the clothing that the woman was wearing as a black coat and said she was short. She also told the officers that she was missing some Ocean Spray cranberry juice and a package of muffins. She showed the officers where the thief had to go within a covered area of the porch to steal the packages.

The police were able to detain a woman a couple of blocks from the victim’s house. She fit the description provided by the homeowner. The suspect was identified as 37-year-old April Lee Evans.

A search of her backpack revealed it contained the Ocean Spray cranberry juice and muffins as well as three packages of frozen cauliflower from Walmart. The officers also found that Evans had nine syringes in her backpack that contained traces of methamphetamine, a digital scale, a cut straw and baggies. All items appeared to have drug residue on them.

Evans was booked at the Leesburg Police Department on charges of theft, burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Miami native was transported to the Lake County Jail where bond was set at $12,000.

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