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Package thieves arrested

Police Department Press Release

December 16, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, December 14, 2019, at approximately 4:15 PM, law enforcement officers with the Pittsburg Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of S. Olive Street, in Pittsburg, in reference to a report of a theft of packages from the front porch. The complainant reported seeing two suspects ride up to the residence on bicycles, with one having a small trailer attached to it. One suspect ran up to the residence and took several packages from the porch, and returning to place the packages into the trailer. Both suspects then left the area and were last seen heading northbound on Olive Street.

Shortly after, officers located the suspect bicycles at a residence in the 2000 block of John F. Kennedy Street. Officers met with the two suspects; 49-year-old Cara M. Read, of Pittsburg, and 37-year-old Johnathan C. Read, also of Pittsburg. During further investigation, officers determined that Mr. Read was the suspect who had taken the packages from the residence on S. Olive St., and that Mrs. Read had been with him at the time. Officers also learned that both Mr. Read and Mrs. Read had a court order barring them from the residence they were located at on John F. Kennedy Street.

Mr. Read was taken into custody without incident for misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor violation of a protection from abuse order and for an unrelated failure to appear warrant from the Frontenac Muncipal Court. Mrs. Read was taken into custody for misdemeanor violation of a protection from abuse order, and she was also issued a court summons for her involvement in the theft of packages. Both Mr. Read and Mrs. Read were transported to the jail at the Crawford Country Sheriff’s Office for booking. Mr. Read is being held in lieu of a $4,435.00 bond and Mrs. Read is being held in lieu of a $2,000.00 bond.

The packages that were stolen from the residence were recovered.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. 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 automated tip line, (620) 231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.