Porch pirates arrest: Asheville Police arrest duo suspected of taking packages

    Jeffrey Alan Frady is charged with possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor larceny. Tiffany Olean Smith is charged with misdemeanor larceny. (Photo credit: Asheville Police Department)

    Thanks to the help of a witness, authorities have arrested a local duo and charged them after police say they took packages left outside of homes in South Asheville.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, the Asheville Police Department received a report of a package theft in South Asheville. The witness was able to provide a vehicle description and officers located the suspects.

    Tiffany Olean Smith, 33, of Candler, was charged with misdemeanor larceny. Jeffrey Alan Frady, 48, of Arden, was charged with possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor larceny.

    Throughout the year, especially during the holiday season, the Asheville Police Department encourages you to take precaution to secure your packages.

    1. Don't leave packages sitting outside for long period of time - consider having items delivered to your place of employment or have a neighbor pick them up.
    2. Require signature upon delivery - you pay a little extra, but it ensures receipt of the package.
    3. Consider an alternate delivery - such as a package locker or Amazon locker.
    4. Consider the installation of technology - install a wireless security camera pointed at your doorstep, or a Package Guard.

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