Anaheim PD says neighbor’s observations led to arrest of package thieves who hit 12 homes


A man and a woman are in custody after admitting to stealing about a dozen packages from the porches of homes in Anaheim and Irvine, and the APD is crediting a watchful neighbor for information that led to the arrests.

Darci L. Peters, 40, of Las Vegas and Matthew S. Speck, 31, Anaheim, were arrested Jan. 20 by APD detectives in the parking lot of a motel in Ontario as they entered their car, according to a news release issued Monday, Jan. 25.

Peters and Speck were booked at the Orange County Jail for conspiracy to commit grand theft and narcotics-related charges. Peters is being held on $110,000 bail and Speck is being held on $105,000 bail, according to the news release.

The suspects were captured on surveillance video stealing packages from residential doorsteps in the 5400 block of Willowick Circle and the 7100 block of East Mockingbird Way in Anaheim Hills. The thefts occurred on Dec. 1, 2015 and Jan. 16, 2016, respectively.

During one of the thefts, a neighbor was able to obtain the license plate of the vehicle. The same vehicle, a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser, was used in both thefts, according to the news release.

APD detectives learned the vehicle was rented to Peters. Detectives traced the car to the motel in Ontario.

Both Peters and Speck admitted to their involvement in the thefts in Anaheim and Irvine, the news release said.

While the property from the Anaheim thefts was not recovered, additional stolen property from thefts in Irvine, Costa Mesa and San Dimas was recovered, the release said.