By Andrea Lucia

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A woman named by Dallas police as a suspect in multiple package thefts was turned in by her neighbors.

Aubrey White says she saw the videos that victims were sharing online and showed a neighbor.

“I recognized the car and he immediately recognized the girl,” she said.

The thief, they told police, was 33-year-old Kelli Russell, who lives in their apartment complex.

kelli russell mugshot Dallas Police Take Alleged Package Thief Off The Streets

(Credit: Dallas Police)

Social media accounts reveal she works as a model and bartender. She’s also chronicled her international travel.

“As far as I know, she’s a nice girl, so this is a total shock,” said Leann Dawson.

In retrospect, neighbors say, she did seem to throw out a lot of boxes.

“Took packages, boxes to that dumpster across the street, because ours was full,” said White.

Dallas police arrested Russell Thursday night for traffic violations, including driving without a license plate.

Detectives obtained a warrant to search her apartment, where police say they found “a large amount of stolen packages.”

“An insane amount of things,” White describes. “They took two police cars, like the trunks and the backseats were both full of packages and stuff.”

Friends recently donated more than $300 to a GoFundMe account to help Russell, a self-described “hard working girl,” buy a car.

Dawson said she often helped out her next-door neighbor too.

“She received a lot of packages,” said Dawson. “We just watched, made sure no one confiscated them.”

She now finds the neighborly courtesy a little ironic.

Russell was released from jail Friday afternoon.

Dallas Police say most of the thefts she’s suspected of committing were never reported. They’re now tracking down victims to try to determine how much all the stolen items are worth. They plan combine the value to charge her with a more serious aggregate theft charge.

Comments (17)
  1. Todd Michael says:

    Check out her FACEBOOK PHOTOS: she’s been stealing stuff FOR YEARS & SELLING IT: (scroll down her photos and she posts all the stuff she’s stolen and that are filling up her apartment):

    She needs to go PRISON for a long time as she is a CAREER CRIMINAL. Please report this information to the police and have her re-arrested with MORE charges and a HIGHER bail.

  2. Bif Barnes says:

    How is this Thief out of jail ?
    Okay so she was pulled over for “Traffic Violations” and NO License Plate…1st off where’d she get the car ? I thought they said she had a “Go Fund Me” page so she could get a car ??
    or was it the same silver SUV she’s been using to steal packages with ? whose vehicle is it ? Did she steal it too ?
    If she was under suspicion of stealing these packages…there should be NO BOND because until they find out the value of what was in the packages, they won’t know how much the rightful owners have lost.
    Let her come and try and steal a package off of my doorstep…she’ll end up with a load of buckshot in her rear as she makes her getaway and I don’t care a bit if she’s some International Jet Setting Model, she’s a lowlife thief…just think about all the kids (and adults) who didn’t get their Christmas Gifts because of this lowlife…and what if the package was somebodies medications…
    pow pow…dead thief

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