Porch pirate suspect believed to have more Sandy Springs victims

Sandy Springs police have arrested Matthew Robert Brown. Video from a Ring doorbell captured a man removing a package from a porch. The neighborhood's Flock Safety tag reader camera captured the license plate of the person's vehicle. The man was identified as Brown after police stopped his SUV. Police found eight credit cards and 17 pieces of mail with other people's names on them, as well as drugs in the vehicle.

With help from two pieces of resident-owned technology, Sandy Springs police have arrested a man accused of stealing packages from homes.

Matthew Robert Brown, 34, faces 34 charges for multiple alleged thefts and fraudulent credit card purchases, police said Wednesday.

“We anticipate there will be numerous victims of identity theft,” Sandy Springs police said of Brown, who has warrants out on him from the Atlanta and Fulton County police departments for identity theft, fraud and burglary.

Sandy Springs police began investigating two package thefts in the same area just east of the North Springs MARTA station about July 9.

One of the victims gave police Ring doorbell camera footage showing a man take a package from the front door and then drive off in an SUV.

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The department said a Flock license plate reader captured the tag number and put it in the Flock alert system, which is an online database connected to a series of license plate readers in neighborhoods.

One of those license plate readers alerted police that the vehicle has just driven by. Cops found the SUV on Monday.

Inside the vehicle, police said they found eight credit cards with different names, 17 pieces of mail with assorted names and drugs.

Department spokesman Sgt. Sam Worsham said that officers searched Brown’s home and found hundreds of pieces of mail with various names and addresses that didn’t belong to Brown.

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Brown has multiple credit card fraud charges because he is also the suspect in a case from April in which a man ordered an American Express card to his Sandy Springs home that he never received. The victim then saw the card had $59,000 of charges, police said. He also found that five AmEx cards had been taken out with his information.

Anyone with information about Brown can call Sandy Springs police at 770-551-6949 or email them, sortega@sandyspringsga.gov.

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