Mason woman found guilty of stealing packages posts lengthy apology to Facebook

Package thief apologizes

MASON, OH (FOX19) - A Mason woman is apologizing after she was found guilty of stealing packages off several porches.

Melissa Bergman, 30, was caught on camera taking a package off a porch this past summer in Roberts Park in Deerfield Township, according to police. When officers pulled her over, they found multiple packages taken from subdivisions along Butler-Warren Road in both Warren and Butler counties.

Bergman pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. In an interview this week with FOX19, she opened up about a recent suicide attempt and time spent in a health treatment facility.

The court eventually decided that didn't keep her from knowing right from wrong.

The woman recently took to Facebook under the name Melissa Barre too make an apparent apology:

"To everyone in mason, and all those affected. I am terribly sorry for my misconduct and the theft of packages that happened in July of last year.

Bergman says it all started after a package was left at her door by mistake, so she returned it to a neighbor down the street.

"He closes the door and says, 'Thank you,' but he doesn't take the other boxes, so I look down and I'm like, 'I'm just going to take this one,'" she said.

She said from there, she couldn't stop.

"After that I was driving and I saw more boxes and I decided you know what I have this urge to grab more boxes and at the time I didn't think it was wrong. I didn't feel it was wrong," she said.

After several days -- and 12 packages later -- she was caught stealing a package a few feet away from an officer on duty with her children in the back seat of her vehicle.

She says losing nearly everything -- including her husband and custody of her two kids -- she decided to turn her life around, starting with the Facebook apology.

Bergman has moved out of Mason since her conviction. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail. She has had a previous theft conviction but says she is now getting help.

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