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Police: Man followed UPS truck to take packages in Fountain Inn

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A man has been charged after police say he followed around a UPS truck and took packages. (Feb. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina) A man has been charged after police say he followed around a UPS truck and took packages. (Feb. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Gerald McConnell goes before a Greenville Co. judge. (Feb. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina) Gerald McConnell goes before a Greenville Co. judge. (Feb. 26, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Gerald McConnell (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center) Gerald McConnell (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Fountain Inn police have taken a suspect into custody after they said he was following around a UPS truck and picking up the packages that were being delivered.

Chief Keith Morton told FOX Carolina News the man was arrested after pictures from the incident were posted by local news outlets on social media.

It was Johana Aveiro who saw the man in her yard and found it suspicious, so she started snapping cell phone pictures. She said when he left and she checked her front door for a package that was supposed to be delivered, there wasn't one. 

Aveiro saw the UPS truck driving down her street.

"I waved her down and I was like, 'Did that guy just steal my box?' And she was like, 'That guy just stole everybody's box!' Aveiro said. "I said 'Wow, I have pictures of him. And I think I have his license plate, and I have his face, and he needs to be arrested.'"

Morton credits Aveiro's photos for Gerald McConnell's arrest two days later. 

Once the pictures were released, Morton said that tips to McConnell's whereabouts began rolling in to the police department. He said McConnell's truck was found within an hour. 

Morton said McConnell, 40, was taken to Greenville County Detention Center, where he faced charges from the sheriff's office. He went before a judge early Thursday where a judge issued a $15,000 bond for the charges of receiving stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretence.

Fountain Inn police charged him with three counts of petit larceny and a drug charge, according to online jail records.

Before Wednesday, McConnell didn't have a criminal record in South Carolina. Morton said he had gotten out of jail in North Carolina just weeks ago. McConnell also has outstanding warrants in Greenville County.

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