Pair suspected of Torrance package thefts arrested

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On Monday, police officers in Torrance announced the arrest of two individuals suspected of stealing packages from doorsteps.

Referred to as the “Porch Pirates” in a statement released by the Torrance Police Department, Brendon Sanroman, 27, of Harbor City and Suzette Cortez, 22, of Lomita were initially traced to a Dec. 2017 vehicle theft, according to Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris.

“The suspects removed the victim’s credit card from the vehicle then made a fraudulent purchase,” Harris alleged.

After viewing surveillance images from several package thefts, detectives several months later determined the suspects were the same pair that allegedly used the stolen credit card to buy merchandise.

They subsequently reviewed hours of additional surveillance footage of porch package thefts, which allegedly link the pair to those crimes, he said.

Sanroman was arrested on April 11 and Cortez last Wednesday, Harris said. Sanroman was released from custody the day of his arrest after posting $110,000 bail, according to sheriff’s inmate records, but Cortez remains jailed in lieu of $70,000 bail.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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