Neighbor busts 'porch pirate' package thief, police say

A Madison teenager is accused of stealing a package from an east Madison porch Tuesday afternoon. 

Madison police said a neighbor contacted the department at 4:21 p.m. to report witnessing "porch pirating" taking place at a nearby Waubesa Street home.

The caller saw a young man take a package that had just been delivered and was able to provide a good description, according to the report. An officer spotted a man matching the description who was walking on North Marquette Street.

Police said he was in possession of a brand new cellphone, worth more than $400, that had been in the package stolen from the porch.

Police arrested 19-year-old Samuel F. Spencer on suspicion of theft, obstructing and felony bail jumping. 

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