'Grinches' arrested after stealing packages from six Hillsborough homes, deputies say

Booking image for Carmelo Edwards Jr.

Hillsborough County deputies arrested two people who, they say, drove around a Riverview neighborhood and stole packages from the front porches of six homes.

Deputies arrested 18-year-old Carmelo Edwards Jr. and his cousin, who wasn't identified because he is a juvenile. They said both suspects drove through the Rivercrest subdivision and stole packages on Tuesday around 1:30 p.m.

Eventually, deputies located the suspect vehicle, along with the stolen packages, which were sitting inside the vehicle "in plain view."
Both face charges of petit theft, trespassing and loitering.

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In a Facebook post, officials described them "grinches."

The sheriff's office recently launched Operation Pinch-A-Grinch, an effort to help Hillsborough County residents protect their delivered packages by shipping them to two of the agency's district offices.