Porch pirate pleads guilty, ordered to repay Knoxville victim

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The suspect captured on surveillance video pilfering packages from the front steps of a Knoxville home minutes after they were delivered has pleaded guilty, according to police records.

A Knoxville woman said surveillance video showed a porch pirate stealing a package from her home.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office database, Marisa Mount pleaded guilty to theft of merchandise on July 29 and was ordered to pay $125 to the victim, Erin Hatfield.

Hatfield told WVLT News the packages were delivered at 3:42 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Seven minutes later, she said the same packages were gone.

Hatfield didn't realize what had happened until she received a delivery notification and found the packages missing from her front door. She only discovered the crime after reviewing surveillance footage.

Hatfield said it was likely a crime of opportunity with a delivery truck leading the way, "I think they were just following the truck around."

The two packages contained camping supplies for an upcoming back country trip and an air fryer, valued around $100.

Hatfield said she hoped this was a lesson for people who might try and steal packages. "With more and more homes having security cameras these days, I hope this outcome sends a message to others and makes them think twice about stealing packages."

Mount remains in jail and has upcoming court dates related to theft.

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