Springfield woman accused of stealing package from porch

A Springfield woman is accused of stealing a package from a porch last month, according to a police report.

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Ruth A. Cain, 33, is facing two counts of theft and a single count of criminal trespassing. She’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today.

On Dec. 24, police were called to a home in the 2100 block of Erie Avenue about a woman who had stolen a package from the front porch that had just been delivered by the postal service. It contained about $13 worth of merchandise, including deodorant and hair dye worth about $13, the report said.

The victim told police they saw a man and woman walk up to the porch and take the item. Cain and the man were later found in the Lincoln Park area. Cain admitted to stealing the package, blaming it on her heroin addiction, the report said.

A separate incident report shows Cain and the same male suspect were allegedly found in an abandoned home on Dec. 19. They told police a friend was working on the home and told them they could stay there, but they could not provide the home’s owner information, the report said.


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