Monroe man accused in Orange package theft

ORANGE — A Monroe man is facing several charges after an “alert citizen” spotted him allegedly taking a package from a neighbor’s porch and reported it, police said.

Police received the call just after 11 a.m. Wednesday and the resident in the Saybrook Road area was able “to relay a suspect and vehicle description to officers who, in turn, observed the suspect vehicle in the area,” the department said in a release.

The suspect then allegedly “attempted to elude police officers by first driving away and ignoring officer’s attempts to get him to stop, then by abandoning his vehicle in a parking lot and attempting to flee on foot,” police said in the release. However, through “coordinated efforts by the Patrol and Investigative Service Divisions” officers closed in on the suspect’s position, and he gave himself up a short time later, the release said.

Corey Roberts, 28, is charged with operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of a marker plate, third-degree criminal trespass, and four counts of sixth-degree larceny, police said.

Officers found more packages and suspected stolen items in Roberts’ car, a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, the release said. Police said it appeared the Dogwood Road and nearby residential areas were targeted by the suspect..

Anyone who did not receive a package that their carrier or seller says was delivered (since Dec. 17), is asked to contact police at 203-891-2130.