NEWPORT BEACH — A 42-year-old woman suspected of stealing packages from the front doorsteps of homes pleaded not guilty Tuesday evening.
Melanie Kathleen Astin, of Newport Beach, was arrested Dec. 23 after someone recognized her in surveillance images and contacted authorities, Newport Beach police said.
Astin faces charges including three felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of receiving stolen property, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and 11 misdemeanor counts of fraudulently obtaining personal identification from another by mail theft, according to Orange County Superior Court records.
In the days leading up to Christmas, several packages left by UPS or FedEx delivery trucks were stolen from people's porches throughout Newport Beach neighborhoods.
One resident who has a security camera over the front door scanned their surveillance video, which showed a woman walking up to the door and taking a package that had just been delivered.