John Gilbert Sanchez
John Gilbert Sanchez

April 12, 2019

One of the two Carroll people accused of stealing packages from doorsteps in January and February is accused of having methamphetamine in his house that was accessible to children, according to court records.

John Gilbert Sanchez, 39, was arrested in February after a police officer saw him stop his car near a house in the 2000 block of Quint Avenue and Nicole Renee Sanchez, 28, ran from the vehicle to the house to steal a package from its porch.

The pair drove away and were stopped and arrested by the officer, court records show. They are suspected of stealing multiple mailed packages. Each faces a felony theft charge.

Officers searched their house in the 1700 block of North West Street after the arrests and found an unspecified amount of meth in a bedroom closet that was “readily accessible by the children within the home,” court records show.

John Sanchez was arrested Thursday for possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment, which together are punishable by up to three years in prison.

His arrest was delayed as officers awaited test results from the state crime lab to confirm the substance was meth.

Sanchez posted a $3,000 bond to be released from jail Thursday, court records show.

The department warned on Jan. 31 that packages had been stolen from doorsteps and that someone had been following package delivery vehicles. Police Chief Brad Burke said his department used a “bait box” to catch the package thieves, but he declined to comment further about the investigation.

John and Renee Sanchez both face a felony theft charge that is punishable by up to five years in prison, court records show. They are accused of stealing an unspecified number of packages between Jan. 17 and Feb. 9.