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Security Camera Helps Catch Package Theft Suspect

The Medford Police Department has officially arrested the man suspected of stealing a package from a pastor and his family off their doorstep. Kristal Nehf said she was at work yesterday when she not only saw her package get delivered but also saw someone come right up to her front porch and take it 10 minutes later. She watched the whole thing happen live on her cell phone. In the surveillance video, you can see a man walk up to her porch, take her package and run back to his car.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 7:20 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 7:35 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. --The Medford Police Department has officially arrested the man suspected of stealing a package from a pastor and his family off their doorstep. Kristal Nehf said she was at work yesterday when she not only saw her package get delivered but also saw someone come right up to her front porch and take it 10 minutes later. She watched the whole thing happen live on her cell phone. In the surveillance video, you can see a man walk up to her porch, take her package and run back to his car.

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“Oh it was weird! It was weird because I have already watched UPS come and I looked at that and then was like oh UPS is there and then I saw the mail come and they came and they left and not even 10 minutes later he came,” Nehf added.

The Nehfs filed a police report and shared the video and case number all over social media. Their posts blew up on the different Facebook groups they posted to.

"After putting the information out to the other patrol officers, another patrol officer identified that subject as Matthew Frombach so we started looking for him and seeing if we could locate him. We ultimately did find the vehicle earlier [Tuesday] morning,” said Lt. Justin Ivens of the Medford Police Department.

Medford Police impounded the suspect's car and even posted to Facebook.
The post read:
“Dear Mr. Matthew Frombach
Will you please come down to the department and talk to us about the package theft caught on video. Thank you.
P.S. We have your truck.
P.P.S. Bring the package.”

"We're called to forgive and know that people sometimes hit some hard spots in their lives but at the same time I know there are consequences to our actions and so for us I think just letting it go," Nehf added.

Later Wednesday afternoon, MPD updated the original Facebook post:
“Edit: 5:00 p.m. - Mr. Frombach has been charged with Theft and the package has been returned. Thanks for all the help!”

Nehf is grateful her and her husband installed security cameras just a few days before they became package theft victims.

“We put them up and less than 24 hours, that happened and I'm super thankful for it… I never would have known what happened. I maybe would have thought they mistakenly sent me an email saying I had packages delivered. I wouldn't have known," said Nehf.

Police said the high quality images helped officers identify the suspect. The Medford Police Department said security video is just one way you can make sure your packages actually make it inside your house.

“What I tell people is if you think you have a package coming, make sure you have someone there to be able to receive it for you. If not, make sure you can get there as soon as possible, once you get off work or whatever you're doing. Lastly, have them hold it at their facility and go pick it up when you have the time,” Lt. Ivens added.

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