Police arrest man who allegedly ordered daughter to steal package off Harford County porch

Police have arrested a man who allegedly directed his daughter to steal a package off a Bel Air porch in late November, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.

Gary Martin Smith, 46, was arrested on multiple theft charges, online court records show.

His arrest came more than a month after a security camera in the 400 block of Inez Court in Bel Air captured footage of a young girl removing a package from a porch.

The package was taken Nov. 30, and Harford County Sheriff issued a warrant for Smith’s arrest in late December.

Baltimore County Police served the warrant on Tuesday, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and Smith was taken to the Harford County Detention Center.

Smith is charged with theft less than $100, contributing to the condition of a child, conspiracy to commit theft less than $100 and fourth-degree burglary. He appeared in District Court Friday afternoon via closed circuit television from the detention center.

Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett ordered that Smith be held without bail, citing his 21 arrests, eight violations of probation and twice failing to appear in court.

“I have no confidence that he will continue to comply with conditions of release if they were set,” Hazlett said.

Smith refused to speak with a public defender and had no representation for his bail review.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Erika Butler contributed to this article.

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