A model and bartender from Dallas, Texas was arrested last week on suspicion of stealing packages from people’s doorsteps and porches. Kelli Russell, 33, reportedly refers to herself as a “hard working girl,” according to Fox News. She is also accused of working hard at being the “porch pirate,” the person behind multiple package thefts in town.
On Thursday night, Russell was arrested on alleged traffic violations, including driving without a license plate, according to KHOU. Police subsequently searched her home, which allegedly revealed a “large amount of stolen packages.”
Russell’s neighbor Aubrey White told CBS DFW that it looked like it took two patrol cars to haul away all the allegedly stolen packages.
“An insane amount of things,” White said. “They took two police cars, like the trunks and the backseats were both full of packages and stuff.”
White said she recognized her neighbor after surveillance video of a woman snatching packages surfaced online.
Russell was released from jail on Friday and it is unclear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
In December, she made a GoFundMe page asking for help in buying a car.
“I’ve been without a car for two years now!!! I bust my [expletive] daily, seven days a week, working 3 jobs and I still can’t save for a car because of all my medical bills that only seem to stay the same no matter how much I put towards them,” she wrote on the page. “I want to get in my car and just cruise like I used to do and clear my head with my babygirl. I want to be able to run errands on the weekends and take mini road trips taking photos because that’s when I’m the happiest. I want to be a normal adult again! Someone help a hardworking girl out :).”
According to Russell’s Model Mayhem page, she has done work for MAC Cosmetics and West Coast Leather.
Leann Dawson, another neighbor, said of Russell, “As far as I know, she’s a nice girl, so this is a total shock.”
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