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Man accused of stealing packages from doorsteps

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Police say they learned that Jerry Louis had changed his appearance by coloring his hair and shaving off his beard after seeing himself during the news broadcast.

Police say they learned that Jerry Louis had changed his appearance by coloring his hair and shaving off his beard after seeing himself during the news broadcast.

A Spring man has been arrested, accused of stealing packages from the doorsteps of at least one residence in West University Place.

After Eyewitness News aired surveillance video captured from a home security camera showing the suspect taking a package from the homeowner's front porch, West U. police say they received several Crime Stoppers tips and individual calls about the suspect's identity, as well as other incidents of theft he allegedly committed. Police then located mug shots of the suspect to compare to the video footage and, through the suspect's parole officer, were able to identify Jerry Wayne Louis as the man in the video.

Investigators say they learned of Louis' location and the fact that he had changed his appearance by coloring his hair and shaving off his beard after seeing himself during the news broadcast. Officers located Louis as he was leaving his home driving a rental vehicle. Louis was stopped by authorities and taken into custody.

Louis, 47, is charged with theft. He was on parole until 2044 and has a history of theft, burglary and assault.

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