FREMONT -- A convicted thief caught on video stealing a UPS package and food for the needy from a Fremont porch pleaded no contest to a felony petty theft charge Thursday and will spend a year in jail among other penalties.

An ex-con, 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. At the time of her arrest, she had mail, credit cards and identification that belonged to other victims of theft, police said.

The video, captured by the homeowner's camera, received more than 10,000 views on the Fremont police website, police said.

Danielle Shauntey Gonsalves, 32, of Oakland  (Fremont Police Department)
Danielle Shauntey Gonsalves, 32, of Oakland (Fremont Police Department)

Gonsalves, who has been jailed since her arrest, previously pleaded not guilty to the felony petty theft charge, but changed her plea during a hearing at the Fremont Hall of Justice.

She wore a jail jumpsuit as she stood beside her attorney, Peter French before Judge Dennis J. McLaughlin who accepted her change in plea.

Under the offer approved by Deputy District Attorney Jeff Stark, Gonsalves will spend five years on supervised probation with one of those years to be spent behind bars.

She must also pay court fees, fines and any restitution. She will be sentenced on May 10.


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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 include another felony second-degree commercial burglary and a felony forgery conviction on Oct. 17, 2007, for which she received probation. At the time of her Feb. 13 arrest, she had not yet been sentenced for a felony receiving stolen property conviction that took place July 29, 2011.

Fremont police released still pictures from a video surveillance camera in mid-November to help catch the 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 on Nov. 18, when the woman approached a home in the 4500 block of Meyer Park Circle about 20 minutes after UPS 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 fremontpolice@fremont.gov 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."

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.