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Woman arrested for stealing holiday packages

Melanie Astin, 42, was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, for allegedly stealing holiday packages in Newport Beach, Calif.

December 24, 2010 12:24:20 AM PST
A woman was arrested on Thursday for allegedly stealing holiday packages from Newport Beach homes.Police arrested 42-year-old Melanie Astin after seeing her follow a delivery truck and then finding stolen packages in her car. Packages left by UPS, FedEx and other couriers had been stolen from the front porches of homes throughout the city.

Detectives are now working on returning all the packages to their rightful owners before Christmas.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.