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Man who directed 5-year-old girl ‘porch pirate’ arrested


The person responsible for instructing a 5-year-old girl to steal packages from Harford County homes has been arrested. The suspect is the girl’s father.

46-year-old Gary Martin Smith directed his tiny tot in the November 30th package theft, which was recorded on camera.

Gary Martin Smith.
According to a post from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, an anonymous tip and security footage ultimately led to Smith being identified and arrested.

“Thanks to an anonymous tip from one of you, deputies charged a man on Friday for directing his daughter to steal a package off the porch of a home in Bel Air,” the agency wrote.

Smith has since been charged with Theft under $100, Conspiracy to commit Theft, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and 4th Degree Burglary.

Smith’s face was plastered on a wanted poster yesterday, his image posted alongside an active warrant for the Grinch’s arrest.

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