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Macungie Police Arrest Alleged Neighborhood Burglar

Macungie Police on Friday charged Blake Ryan Bills with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking or disposition in conjunction with one of two recent neighborhood incidents.

arrested on Friday arrested a Macungie man after he admitted taking jewelry and a computer from his next door neighbor's house.

Blake Ryan Bills, 23, of 326 Oxford Place admitted to entering the home of his next door neighbor through an unlocked back door.

He is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking or disposition, police said.

According to court records, Bills entered the home between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. some days before his arrest, but he couldn't remember exactly which day.

The burglary was reported on Aug. 14.

"He checked to make sure no one was present, then stated 'times are tough,' so he took jewelry and a computer," the affidavit said.

In the next day or two, Bills said he felt bad and put the jewelry back, the affidavit said.

However, Macungie Police Chief Edward Harry Jr. said the jewelry could not be found in the home Friday.

Bills also said he took the computer to a "bad area of Philadelphia" and sold it for $400. He also said he knows computers, so before he sold it he bypassed the password and wiped the computer clean of the owner's personal information, the affidavit said.

Total value of the jewelry and the computer is estimated to be $3,500, it said.

Macungie police are still investigating that occurred on Oxford Place this week.

The above arrest information was supplied by Macungie Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Bills was transported to Central Court for arraignment, police said.

John Rogers August 18, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I waited after the original article that was posted reporting the occurrence of the burglaries and, interestingly enough, no comments. I guess it's not surprising that the normal posters, along with the mayor and certain council persons, who claim that "nothing ever happens here" so we don't need police protection have been conspicuously quiet. No comments here and at council meetings regarding how this boro does not need 24/7 coverage or more than one officer per shift when crimes are reported. I guess crime does happen here, contrary to what we hear from the mayor and Linn Walker. And here we are, only three days after being reported, an arrest is made by Macungie PD. And still silence regarding the excellent job our, how was it put, "cadillac of police departments" has done. Why only negative comments from certain people? Never mind, I already know.. Well, I, for one, appreciate what the officers in the Macungie PD do. And I know others do as well. So, since the complainers will remain silent, let me say thank you once again to Macungie PD for an excellent job.
Responsible Citizen August 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
We echo your sentiments Mr. Rogers!!!!

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