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Torrance Police Department
Monday December 11th, 2017 :: 02:23 p.m. PST


Package Thief Apprehended

On Thursday, 07 December 2017, undercover Torrance Police Detectives resumed covert surveillance on a subject suspected of stealing packages from doorsteps.  Commonly referred to as “Porch Pirates”, investigators began working on a tip provided by a person victimized late October of this year. The victim, who lost a package from their own doorstep, provided officers with a possible vehicle to follow.
During Thursday afternoon, investigators observed Justin Dabu casing residential areas in his vehicle.  During that time, he walked up to a residence located in the 3400 block of 227th Street and ultimately stole a package.  Investigators arrested him and conducted a probation search of his residence where additional stolen property was recovered.

Numerous cases were solved at the conclusion of the investigation, to include the one which initially led investigators to the arrest.
The Torrance Police Department is grateful for another opportunity to collaborate with the community resulting in the apprehension of those involved in criminal activity.  The Torrance Police Department continues to encourage its residents to report all suspicious activity.  "See Something Say Something".
This investigation was conducted under the command and direction of Torrance Police Captain Martin Vukotic of the Special Operations Bureau.  Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Torrance Police Department at  (310) 328-3456.

Sergeant Ronald Harris                                                                                                                                                                                        Torrance Police Department Public Information Officer                                                                                                                                              (310) 618-5688

Torrance Police Department
3300 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA 90503

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 310-328-3456

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