FREMONT -- An ex-con suspected of stealing a postal package and food for the needy from a Fremont porch, a theft captured on video surveillance that went viral last year, pleaded not guilty to charges including felony petty theft on Thursday.
Danielle Shauntey Gonsalves, 32, was on probation for other theft-related charges when she was arrested Feb. 13 in Oakland in connection with the stolen package and food caper caught on video in November, police said.
At the time of her arrest, she was in possession of mail, credit cards and identification that belonged to other victims, said Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
The video, captured by the homeowner, received more than 8,000 views, police have
Gonsalves, charged with misdemeanor petty theft, felony identity theft and felony petty theft with priors, was in custody at Santa Rita Jail on Thursday. She wore a jail jumpsuit as she stood beside her attorney inside a Fremont Hall of Justice courtroom before Judge Dennis J. McLaughlin.
During the brief hearing, the judge accepted her not-guilty plea and set her next court appearance for March 15.
A criminal complaint shows Gonsalves has been convicted of six other theft-related offenses in Alameda County dating back to 2001. She's also spent time in prison for at least one of the offenses. She was convicted of that crime -- a second-degree felony commercial burglary -- on Oct. 12, 2004.
Her other convictions
Fremont police released still pictures from a video surveillance camera in mid-November to help catch a woman seen taking a package and some canned goods for the needy from a porch in the city's Glenmoor neighborhood.
The theft took place about 12:55 p.m. Nov. 17, when the woman approached a home in the 4500 block of Meyer Park Circle about 20 minutes after United Parcel Service delivered the package, police said.
The video surveillance appears to show the woman taking the package, along with a bag of canned goods that had been left out for a charity organization, police said.
The package contained a pair of work boots, police said.
The video can be seen at the Fremont Police Department's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/FremontPoliceDept/.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Fremont police at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Investigative Unit at 510-790-6900. Anonymous tips can be left at www.fremontpolice.org/tip by referencing the "Glenmoor Mail Theft."
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