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Police: Oregon mom forced 9-year-old daughter to steal packages from homes

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MILWAUKIE, Ore. (Dec. 8, 2015) – An Oregon mother forced her 9-year-old daughter to steal packages from other homes, police say.

Officers in Milwaukie, Ore., investigated a series of thefts involving packages being taken from homes after they were delivered. In one case on Dec. 2, a witness snapped a photo of the suspected vehicle and gave investigators a description of the suspect.

The next day, police tracked down the suspect in Oregon City, identifying her as 49-year-old Mary Palmer-Correa. Police said the woman would drive to homes with her 9-year-old daughter as a passenger and then instruct the girl to steal packages from porches. Police found several stolen items inside the home.

Police have been able to return some of the stolen items to their rightful owners, although they’re still trying to identify some of the victims. Some of the recovered items include books, cups, pillows, a light set and a TV wall mount, police said.

Palmer-Correa was taken to Oregon’s Clackamas County Jail on theft charges.

Police said the case serves as a reminder to ship your packages to a place where you can pick them up at your convenience. You can also have them delivered to you at work or to a relative or neighbor who will be available to accept it on your behalf.