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Victim says he lured thief to his arrest

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Francisco Lazano-Adorno Francisco Lazano-Adorno
LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

A suspected thief was caught in the act, but not by police.

John Nicholas says after he had a package stolen from the front porch of his Lebanon home last week, he decided to see if the thief would return.

Nicholas put a dummy package on his front porch and was waiting and watching Tuesday from inside his home. When a man tried to take it, Nicholas confronted him.

"He was pretty scared," Nicholas said. "He was getting caught, and I went ahead and took the keys out of the ignition to shut his car off and went ahead and called the police."

Responding officers arrested 22-year-old Francisco Lazano-Adorno and charged him with theft and receiving stolen property.

Lebanon Police Chief Daniel Wright is relieved it ended well.

"This kind of thing is uncommon, and I would not advise people try and catch people in this case," Wright said. "It's not their job."

Police said additional charges are pending against Lazano-Adorno because they found more packages from other addresses in his possession.

He was sent to Lebanon County Prison on $9,500 bail.

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