Items returned to rightful owners after accused package thief caught

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AKRON, Ohio- Akron police officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Tuesday, finding a red Hyundai with packages in the backseat addressed to several different homes in the Goodyear Heights and Tallmadge areas.

While looking into the car, officers also noticed a syringe and spoon in the center console.

Officers were still observing the vehicle when David James Gonzales, 26, came back to the car.

Gonzales told police he used heroin and needed money to pay rent; he was then taken into custody. He also told police the packages were taken from several addresses, and his girlfriend, who owned the car, came to pick it up.

Gonzales was arraigned Thursday morning in court, where he was charged with six counts of theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held in the Summit County Jail and has a pretrial hearing set for December 29 at 10 a.m.

The packages have since been returned to their owners, and some packages belonging to Tallmadge residents were given to Tallmadge police to return.

A few of the items taken included a battery charger, tire gauge, leather journal, computer, shirts, steaks, cookware, pants, sweater, putting green with putter, a DirectTV box, jogging suit and fresh fruit.