Police: Man Sold Stolen Wheels to Hellertown Business
Stolen aluminum auto wheels sold to Blinderman Recycling
A Bethlehem man has been charged with receiving stolen property for allegedly having 58 aluminum automobile wheels he recently sold to a Hellertown recycling business, according to court records.
Hellertown Patrolman Mike Twerdi observed the suspect, Patrick Allen O’Toole, 52, of 245 W. Fairview St., around 7:05 pm Sunday “prowling” in a wooded area along the rear of H. Blinderman & Son Recycling at 1320 Whitaker St., “a business which has been victim to recent burglaries with entry gained from that exact location,” the records say.
Twerdi placed O’Toole under “investigative detention” then discovered that on Nov. 11 “the defendant sold Blinderman 58 aluminum auto wheels which were confirmed stolen,” the records say.
O’Toole “intentionally received, retrieved or disposed of” the wheels belonging to another man “with no intent to restore it to the owner, knowing such property was stolen or believed that it probably had been stolen.”
The records do not explain the man’s relationship with O’Toole, and do not say how much the wheels are worth or the amount he received for selling them.
O’Toole was arraigned before District Judge Todd Strohe of Bangor. He was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $5,000 bail.
The Blinderman business notified police in a similar case earlier this month and three men were charged with selling stolen goods as a result.