Woman Admits to Being Porch Pirate; Found With Slew of Stolen Packages

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A local woman is accused of stealing over 70 packages and pieces of mail across Northwest Arkansas.

Eleanor Francis Repper, 34, was arrested on suspicion of 73 counts of felony-level breaking or entering, three counts of theft of property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officer Eric Cline with the Rogers Police Department was dispatched on Dec. 27 to the 3700 bock of West Rozell Street in Rogers regarding a suspicious woman in a gold-colored vehicle going through mailboxes along her street, according to the affidavit.

The caller who alerted police to the suspicious woman followed the woman to the parking lot of Reagan Elementary, 3904 West Olive St.

Cline arrived at the school parking lot and found a woman in a gold colored Pontiac Grand Am later identified as Repper.

“Officer Cline observed Repper was next to a dumpster in the parking lot, and he observed Repper throwing several cardboard packages, which appeared to be Amazon packages, into the dumpster,” the affidavit states.

Cline asked Repper what she was doing and she said that she was throwing away some of her mail. Cline then noticed packages throughout Repper’s vehicle.

When Cline asked Repper about the amount of packages in her vehicle, she hesitated to provide an explanation, according to the affidavit.

Cline told Repper that a woman saw her go through mailboxes. Repper then admitted going through mailboxes and said that she’s going through a rough time. She went on to say that the packages in her car were not hers, according to the affidavit.

Cline noticed that Repper’s eyes were bloodshot and called for a K9 officer to be brought to the scene to search Repper’s vehicle. Pills and drug paraphernalia with methamphetamine residue were located during the search. Repper was then placed under arrest, the affidavit states.

Officers looked through the mail in Repper’s vehicle and found items from Rogers, Springdale, Bentonville, Lowell, Fayetteville and Siloam Springs, according to the affidavit.

Repper was later interviewed at the Rogers Police Department. She admitted to stealing mail from locations across Northwest Arkansas.

“She said that she was in possession of multiple credit cards, gift cards and checks that she stole from the mail,” the affidavit states. “She also admitted to taking packages from porches, but she was not sure what the packages contained.”

Repper told police that no one else participated in the thefts, the affidavit states.

Police learned that Repper had given some of the items she stole to her two children on Christmas Eve, according to the affidavit. 

Police searched Repper’s room at Fairfield Inn and Suites and spoke with Repper’s children. During the search, police located merchandise in its original packaging, Amazon packages and large amounts of mail not addressed to Repper. All the property was addressed to addresses in Benton and Washington counties, according to the affidavit.

Repper was booked into the Benton County Detention Center.

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