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Woman caught stealing presents from porches

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - It's a Merry Christmas after all for folks in one Hanover County neighborhood despite a woman neighbors are calling a modern day Grinch. Deputies say she was caught red-handed, stealing presents and packages from front porches.

It was a neighbor that cracked this case wide open for police. She saw a woman picking up packages on this front porch and she knew something wasn't right.

They watch out for each other, collect each others mail and packages when away. Folks on Cardinal Creek Drive in Hanover say they are more like family and Peggy Goodwin proved it Tuesday, when she saw a strange car parked at her neighbor's house.

"A woman got out and went up to the front door, peeked in the side lights, beside the door, and then she turned around and she picked up the packages that UPS had delivered," Peggy said.

Peggy got up the courage and yelled from her porch. "I said are you supposed to be getting those? And she said yes. I said for whom? And when she looked down to read the name on the package, and I thought well she doesn't know them."

That's when Peggy yelled, "Drop them!" 

She got the license number and police tracked down 27-year-old Cassandra Maria Peaco to her home in Highland Springs. Inside a package of ammunition stolen from a porch on Studley Road the day before and at least 20 other items. Shown in the pictures from the sheriff's office, DvD's, stereo equipment and medical supplies. Peaco is charged with two counts of petit larceny.  

Andy Schwabe's has lived on Cardinal Creek for 10 years. It was his packages, Peggy saved. 

"We've been expecting a lot of packages from various family members. A lot of toys and it would have been devastating to not have those toys ready for my little girls on Christmas morning." said Schwabe.

"It's just great. Peggy stuck her head out the door and saw what was going on and said stop." said Margaret Elliott, who lives next door. Neighbors, even the police are thankful for Peggy Goodwin's courage and gusto.

"A good citizen, a true good spirit and somebody that I think would be a good neighbor for any of us to have," said Captain Mike Trice with the Hanover Sheriff's Office.

If you're missing a package and the mail carrier says it was delivered or if you see one of your missing items in this picture. Call the Hanover county sheriff's office. The number for the Sheriff's Office is 365-6140.

They believe the woman was hitting homes in the Mechanicsville area near Attle Lake, Studley Road and Shady Grove.

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