While the stereotypical instruments of crime are crowbars, screwdrivers and lock-picking devices, one enterprising thief recently used a truck tractor to hook up to a trailer filled with water to simply drive it away, police said.
The trailer was owned by West Motor Freight of Boyertown, Berks County, and was reported stolen Oct. 2 from 7785 Spring Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township, according to state police at Fogelsville.
The trailer was recovered Oct. 5 at a truck stop off Interstate 78 at Exit 12 in New Jersey, police said. An estimated 275 cases of spring water were taken, but not the whole load. The approximate value of the stolen water was $825.
Police added that the trailer received an estimated $1,000 in damage.
also reported the following recent Lower Macungie incidents:
Charged: Jocelyn Nicole-Ann Weaver, age not given and unknown address; Oct. 2 with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct; police called for a woman in violation of a Protection from Abuse Order residing in a residence in the 9500 block of Mertztown Road; Weaver became loud when asked to leave by the owner and disobeyed police when they asked her to leave, police said.
Missing person: Unnamed 21-year-old woman left her home at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 1 and did not return, police said; described as 5-foot-4, weighing 135 pounds and with shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes; person to last see her said she was in the area of Ninth and Hamilton streets in Allentown; anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.
Theft from motor vehicle: Two box trucks entered and 600 cartons of cigarettes taken at Leibensperger Bus Terminal at 3096 Route 100 between 12:30 and 3:15 a.m. Oct. 5, police said; owner was EBY-Brown Transportation, LLC; no value given.
Attempted identity theft: Reported Sept. 13 by Patrick Murphy of Macungie; unknown person entered PNC Bank in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, and attempted to withdraw $6,500 from Murphy's savings account, police said; person used a fake driver's license and attempted withdrawal was declined.
Charged: Tyler Garbutt, 18, of Coplay; Sept. 10 with underage drinking at Brookside Road and Hamilton Boulevard; blood-test results showed accused had consumed alcohol, police said; court proceedings pending.
Charged: Brittany Winter Castagna, 20, of Mertztown; Oct. 3 with retail theft from Wal-Mart, 1091 Millcreek Road; beauty supplies valued at $40, police said.
Charged: Brandi Vince, 31, of Allentown; Oct. 6 with retail theft; Vince placed make-up and hosiery in her purse in a dressing room, then left Kohl's, at 6900 Hamilton Blvd., without paying, police said; no value given.
Theft from motor vehicle: Reported Oct. 4 by Kelly Ann Gorski at 911 Cold Spring Road; items including wallet taken from vehicle, police said; $25 value.
Burglary: Reported Sept. 30 by Devine Redesign of 5573 Hamilton Blvd.; entry gained through bathroom window and interior door kicked in; jewelry box and jewelry along with $4.30 taken, police said; no value given.
Criminal mischief: Reported Sept. 29 by Stephan Casey, 47, of Allentown; brick thrown through rear vehicle window at 948 Kressler Road, police said; no value given.
Charged: Adindi Okemba of the 1300 block of Livingston Street, Allentown; Sept. 15 with retail theft and giving false reports at Wal-Mart, 1091 Millcreek Road; removed items from the store without paying and giving law enforcement a false name, police said; $98 value.
Charged: Mattew James Burgess of Horsham, Montgomery County; Aug. 28 with retail theft and drug possession; stole several items from Wal-Mart, 1091 Millcreek Road, and found to have illegal drugs and paraphernalia, police said; charges pending.