June 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM
A Worcester Township man has received two years' probation and 24 hours of community service for pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft for stealing packages from the front doors of Upper Gwynedd Township homes in December 2013, per Montgomery County court records.
Patrick Ryan Gragg, 21, of the 2200 block of Warner Road, stole Christmas gifts from the mail at The Villages at Gwynedd in Upper Gwynedd Township on Dec. 18. He was spotted by residents and other witnesses and was finally nabbed by police K-9 after fleeing the area and hiding in bushes.
Gragg stole $165 in packages from the development in December 2013 and was eventually nabbed on Jackson Street, police said.
Around 3:40 p.m. Dec. 18, 2013, Upper Gwynedd police received a report of a suspicious man walking up and down walkways of homes in the development off Allentown Road, police said.
Sergeant John Brinkmann, along with Detective Raymond Royds and Officer William Moriarty, arrived on scene and witnessed Gragg picking up gifts and shaking them, police said. Gragg then took one package from a home, police said.
Gragg was seen by at least one homeowner going door-to-door on Bradford Lane and checking recently-delivered packages, police said.
At one point, Gragg got into a verbal fight with a group of women who had caught Gragg stealing packages, police said.
Royds, in plainclothes, approached Gragg and the group of women, police said. Gragg then fled and was chased by Royds.
After losing Gragg on the 500 block of Jackson Street, K-9 Duke from Montgomery Township Police arrived to track, and eventually find, Gragg.