Sunday, May 12, 2013
Corey C. Merwarth, 34, of East Depot Street, Hellertown, allegedly sold stolen metal, netting more than $35,000.
A Hellertown man made more than $35,000 in less than 10 months by selling scrap metal he—with some help—had stolen from railroad cars parked in South Bethlehem and decommissioned electrical transmission towers on South Mountain, Bethlehem police said. On Friday, Corey C. Merwarth, 34, of 13 E. Depot St., was arrested and charged with multiple felony theft and conspiracy counts and sent to prison in lieu of $20,000 bail. The investigation that led to Merwarth’s arrest began in September when Bethlehem policereceived a report from Lehigh Valley Rail Management that more than 700 copper valves had been stolen from railroad grain cars—also known as hoppers, police said. Each of the valves also had red brass caps, which had also been stolen. In…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Lower Saucon Township Police say two men in a red Chevy pickup truck stole scrap aluminum from a home in the 1200 block of Seidersville Road.
Lower Saucon Township Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two men they say stole scrap metal from a home in the 1200 block of Seidersville Road April 12. In a news release, police said the men were in red Chevy pickup truck when they stopped and stole aluminum rain spouting the homeowner had planned to cash in as scrap metal. The driver of the truck was described as an "older white male," while the passenger—who police said got out of the truck and took the spouting—was a younger white male, police said. Anyone with information about the men should contact Lower Saucon Township Police at 610-317-6110.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Hellertown Police say Luis R. Berrios-Rivera, 50, of Bethlehem, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property.
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Monday, March 18
A Bethlehem man has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property, after Hellertown Police say he stole 40 pounds of aluminum gutter and downspouting from a Roth Avenue residence on the morning of March 5. In a news release, police said Luis R. Berrios-Rivera, 50, of the 1500 block of Livingston Street, admitted to stealing the metal after he was interviewed by authorities. The total value of the aluminum Berrios-Rivera allegedly stole was $22, according to police, who said he is also charged with driving under suspension.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ashley W. Boris, 28, of Fountain Hill, is accused of taking more than $10,000 in materials from a Bethlehem contractor and selling the items at a scrap metal yard in Hellertown.
A Fountain Hill man is accused of stealing more than $10,000 in construction materials from a Bethlehem contractor last week, according to court papers. Ashley W. Boris, 28, of 824 Tombler St., allegedly took metal concrete forms, copper, galvanized metal pipe downspouts and other materials valued at $10,200 from the parking lot of M V Builders, 759 E. Goepp St., Bethlehem, on July 9, according to Bethlehem police, who filed charges. In an affidavit of probable cause, police say they have surveillance footage of Boris entering the M V Builders parking lot and loading the materials into a pickup truck. The court record also indicates that Boris provided his driver’s license to H. Blinderman & Son, a Hellertown scrap metal yard, where he …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Stolen aluminum auto wheels sold to Blinderman Recycling
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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…
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Lower Saucon Township police say the men were stealing scrap metal from a Lower Saucon Township residence when they fled into Springfield Township, where they were apprehended.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated. Three men from northern Northampton and Lehigh counties were arrested for theft July 13, following a pursuit into Springfield Township, Bucks County, Lower Saucon Township police said July 20. According to a police department press release, the men were attempting to steal scrap metal--including copper pipe--from a Lower Saucon address when they were observed by the property owner in his driveway. Police said the incident occurred at approximately 3pm. Police responded to the area and subsequently located a vehicle operated by Justin McKeever, of the 1600 block of Newport Avenue, Northampton, that allegedly matched the description of the vehicle seen leaving the theft in progress. McKeever was …