Two arrested for stealing bait package in South Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two suspects were arrested after stealing a police department’s bait package from a South Sacramento doorstep.

Around 9:25 AM New Year’s Day morning, Sacramento police officers were dispatched to a home on the 2300 block of Haldis Way in South Sacramento. An alert from one of the police department’s bait packages was activated.

Police immediately responded to the area and tracked the package’s GPS location to a fast food restaurant on the 3000 block of Freeport Boulevard. At the restaurant’s drive-thru, police located the suspect vehicle and detained the two occupants. A search of the suspect vehicle uncovered the stolen bait package as well as narcotics.

The occupants of the vehicle, 38-year-old Tara Westford and 48-year-old Ronnie Bartholomew, both of West Sacramento, were arrested on charges of conspiring to commit petty theft and possession of stolen property. Additionally, Bartholomew was arrested on narcotics charges.

The Sacramento Police Department has been working over the past few weeks to reduce package thefts throughout the city. The Bait Package program was started in December 2016, and has been successful in catching multiple package thieves.

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