'Karma exists': Victim of 'porch pirates' recalls watching video of their bungled getaway
EVERETT, Wash. -- Two suspected "porch pirates", who were caught on surveillance camera near Bothell stealing three packages, were formally charged in Snohomish County court on Monday for theft. The video, which was posted on Facebook by the victims and has now gone viral, captured the suspects making an awkward getaway.
"I see a woman, and I was like 'Oh, my God. Yeah, packages are gone,' " recalled homeowner Lizeth Ababneh.
When Ababneh discovered three packages were stolen from her porch, she got upset, but that anger quickly changed to laughter when Ababneh saw what happened next on her home surveillance cameras.
"I was like 'Oh, my God, babe, you have to see the video,' because karma exists," said Ababneh, recalling when she told her husband about the video.
The woman who snatched the box from Ababneh's porch slipped on wet grass as she tried to get away, injuring her ankle. As she sat on the ground, unable to get up, the woman's accomplice walked over and picked her up then carried her to the car.
You'd think the pair learned a lesson, but the man returned to pick up the stolen items.
"He had the guts to come up and steal the package, and I was like 'Oh, my God,' " said Ababneh.
The duo was later arrested at an Everett motel, where detectives say they were hiding out after surveillance video of the package thefts went viral.
The woman identified as Alicia Treat, 37, is homeless, on disability, and has three kids. Her accomplice, Brian Devere, 39, has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for identity theft, burglary, and auto theft.
Both suspects pleaded not guilty during their arraignments on Monday.
"I think those people -- they don't have feelings," said Ababneh. "They only think about themselves."
Ababneh is just relieved her husband was able to replace his medicine that was stolen, and hopes that porch pirates will finally learn.
"Hopefully, they stop," said Ababneh. "Think what you're doing with your life. Think what you can contribute to community to make this place better."