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Package Theft Arrest

Police Department Press Release

August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019

Released by Detective Jordon Garrison

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at approximately 5:49 pm, Pittsburg Police Officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of East 7th Street in Pittsburg for a report of a package being stolen from the porch.  Officers learned during their subsequent investigation that the victim had a video doorbell which recorded the theft.  The video was shared with officers and posted to the Ring Neighbors Portal by the victim.  Officers were able to identify the suspect based on the footage provided by the victim.

At approximately 8:00 pm, Pittsburg Police Officers located the suspect, 47-year-old Cara Read, of Pittsburg, in the 900 block of North Broadway.  Officers were also able to recover the stolen package.  Read was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Jail for Theft.

The victim’s use of a home security video system and posting to the Ring Neighbors Portal greatly aided the Department’s investigation which led to the timely arrest of the offender and recovery of the property.  The Department entered into a partnership with Ring earlier this year by joining the Neighbors network.  Through this partnership, the Department receives real-time alerts and videos shared by members of the community using the Neighbors app.

Anyone having information related to this incident or other crimes is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231-1700, or at our tip line, (620) 231-TIPS (8477); callers may remain anonymous.  Residents can download the Neighbors app on iOS and Android here: or by texting ‘pittsburgpd’ to 555888 from their smartphone.