Porch Pirate Tries To Steal Packages From Off-Duty Police Officer's House

Matthew Misselhorn chose the wrong house when he tried to steal packages from St. Louis Police Officer Chad Tullock.

St. Charles, MO – A “porch pirate” trying to steal newly delivered packages from a house on Halloween got a rude awakening when the police officer who lived there caught him in the act.

The incident occurred in the afternoon of Oct. 31 as off-duty St. Louis Police Officer Chad Tullock was getting ready for trick or treating, KTVI reported.

Officer Tullock said he heard what he thought was a package delivery arriving on his front porch and went to check on it.

“I look through my front window and I see an individual who is not a package delivery person,” the officer told KTVI. “So, I open the door to confront him.”

“He has his little knife [that] he was using to cut open boxes,” Officer Tullock explained. “He kind of waves it at me then turns to make good his escape but I caught up with him and managed to detain him until St. Charles Police Department could arrive.”

The suspect, 41-year-old Matthew Misselhorn, tried to make a run for it when the homeowner appeared in the doorway, but Officer Tullock said the would-be package thief never made it out of his front yard.

Officer Tullock tackled the porch pirate on his lawn and the knife Misselhorn was carrying fell to the ground, according to KTVI.

“He picked the wrong house,” he said. “I was home trying to get ready for Halloween, get the kids ready. Life throws you a curve ball every once in a while.”

The off-duty St. Louis police officer gave a lot of credit to his local police, KTVI reported.

“Also a lot of props go to St. Charles Police Department,” Officer Tullock said. “Those guys are great. They got here real quick, that’s everything.”

The St. Charles Police Department is conveniently located just around the corner from the St. Louis officer’s neighborhood.

“The night was salvaged,” Officer Tullock told KTVI. “We got to go out and got to trick or treat with the kids. So, everything was alright in the end.”

Court records showed the Misselhorn was already on probation and serving a seven-year suspended sentence.

The porch pirate also has recent convictions for burglary, drug possession, receiving stolen property, and vehicle tampering, according to KTVI.

Police said he was carrying meth, fentanyl, and used syringes when he was arrested in Officer Tullock’s front yard.

Misselhorn was being held on $15,000 cash-only bond, KTVI reported.

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ikaika
ikaika

I love a happy ending!

flybynight
flybynight

Isn't it just easier to get a job and work instead of landing in the gray bar hotel?

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Take out the trash - take the kids trick or treating - this man gets the job done. The perps only success was making himself less welcome than food poisoning.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

$15000 bail, seriously! Judge needs a reality check!

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Some times the news just writes itself

DSmom
DSmom

Stop calling them the 'cutesy' name Porch Pirate! They are thieves, common thieves.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

I scooped up a steaming pile from my Gŕeat Dane. Worked the nasty treat into a fancy ( wax lined ) pastry bag , boxed it in a small very fancy boe. Phony delivery / return address. Package thefts are high in my area and a bus stop at the end of my driveway where loser panhandler's / druggies hang out. Left for 1 hour. Some lucky soul walked 150' to the porch ....and took the bait.....POOP 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Hope they don't come back to exchange it. 😨😨

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Is there more to the story?

Has the jury awarded him the package?

Doesn’t he deserve some type of monetary award for his pain and suffering for being humiliated for his arrest?

Can he sue the US government for not stopping the illegal fentanyl drug traffic from China? Oh, perhaps his charges didn’t include possession or distribution of the drugs. Never mind.

Is he non-white? Surely that’ll bring in some victimhood cash.

We can’t expect him to survive on $11,000,000.00. He won’t. He’ll be broke and/or dead within a couple of years.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

he would have gotten his "rights" from me first. That's only because he resisted.