PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2016
Released by: Sgt. Daron Wyatt, (714) 497-5633
Subject: Neighbor’s Observations Lead To Arrest of Package Thieves
ANAHEIM, CA – On January 20, 2016, Detectives from the Anaheim Police Department’s Burglary/Auto Theft Detail arrested two suspects for grand theft. 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 December 1, 2015 and January 16, 2016 respectively. During one of the thefts, a neighbor was able to obtain the license plate of the suspect vehicle. The same vehicle, a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser, was used in both thefts.
Detectives learned the vehicle was a rental vehicle and was rented to Darci L. Peters. Detectives traced the vehicle to a motel in Ontario, Ca. They arrested Peters, 40 years old, Las Vegas, NV and Matthew S. Speck, 31 years old, Anaheim, as they entered the vehicle in the motel parking lot. Both suspects admitted their involvement in approximately one dozen thefts in Anaheim and Irvine, CA. While the property from the Anaheim thefts was not recovered, additional stolen property from thefts in Irvine, Costa Mesa, and San Dimas was recovered.
Peters and Speck were booked at the Orange County Jail for conspiracy to commit grand theft and narcotic related charges. Peters is being held on $110,000 bail and Speck is being held on $105,000 bail.