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2 Women Charged in String of Prince George's Package Thefts

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    'This is a Violation:' Neighbors Chase Down Package Thieves

    Michael and Christina McLeese were horrified when security cam footage of their front door showed someone stealing a package intended for thier unborn grandson. Determined to stop the criminals, Christina McLeese chased after them in her car, and gave police enough information to help nab the thieves. (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2019)

    Two women are charged with theft after police say they stole packages from multiple homes in Fort Washington and Accokeek. 

    Breanna Stewart, 22, of Alexandria and Edita Hynson, 23, of Oxon Hill were charged with multiple counts of theft after neighbors were able to tip off police about the thieves in their neighborhood.

    Michael and Christina McLeese were sitting at home when horrifying security cam footage caught their attention: Someone was stealing a package from their front door.

    "Obviously they heard us yelling and they dropped it and got in the car and pulled off," Michael McLeese said.

    Then, Christina McLeese decided to give chase, hopping into her own vehicle and driving after the two thieves.

    "I wanted to get a tag number because I said this is a violation," Christina McLeese said. "You came onto my property. You disrespected my home. You can't get away with this."

    The Fort Washington residents relayed the information they'd gathered to police. The Prince George's County Police Department had already assigned a detective to package thefts after a string of reports came from Fort Washington and nearby Accokeek.

    The detective drove to the area, where he spotted the gray sedan he'd been tipped about on Mattawoman Way in Accokeek.

    Police set up a traffic stop for the vehicle. They discovered several stolen packages in the women's gray Scion after performing a search.

    The McLeeses said the mugshots of the two women that police apprehended matched who they saw on their front lawn. They credited police with their speedy response.

    "They took the package at 2:51 and by I want to say 7:30 I got the call from the detective saying, 'We have them in custody,'" Michael McLeese said.

    Police are now trying to find the owners of the items they recovered from the vehicle.

    Detectives are investigating whether the women may have committed additional package thefts. They are asking anyone who had a package stolen in Fort Washington or Accokeek in the past week to reach out.

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