Thursday, April 11, 2013
The following alleged incidents in Lower Macungie have been reported by state police at Fogelsville.
Charged: Rebecca Nicole Wetzel, 31, of Alburtis with retail theft and conspiracy to commit retail theft at 12:21 p.m. March 23; conspired with a 17-year-old Alburtis girl to take items including costume jewelry, baby formula and pain reliever from Walmart, 1091 Mill Creek Road, police said; $159.57 total value; Wetzel held in Lehigh County Prison under $7,500 bail and charges waived to court at a preliminary hearing April 1, according to online court records; disposition of juvenile unknown. Arrests do not indicate conviction. Theft/fraud/forgery: Reported by a 53-year-old Allentown-area woman; victim's wallet was taken from the parking lot at 1042 Mill Creek Road between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. March 17, police said; wallet contained a …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Recent Lower Macungie reported crimes include thieves opening credit cards to make fraudulent purchases and another filing a phony tax return.
Access device fraud. Identity theft. Fraud. Call it what you will. Unfortunately, the illegal practice is alive and well, as evidenced by several recent incidents in Lower Macungie Township alone, according to state police at Fogelsville. - Kristopher Michael Azzaro of the 8000 block of Mountain Road reported that several purchases were made March 4 and 5 using his credit card, police said. The thief also used Azzaro's personal information to open a line of credit through PayPal, making several additional fraudulent purchases. No value was given for the purchases. - Brian King of the 7000 block of Lincoln Drive told police that someone opened two credit card accounts in his name. That thief made several purchases with those cards for a …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Someone also opened five cell phone accounts earlier the day, all at Lower Macungie man's expense, troopers report.
A 37-year-old Lower Macungie Township man had a busy shopping day recently. Or did he? The Apple Store might have thought so, since it appeared that he opened five cell phone accounts on Feb. 15, according to state police at Fogelsville. Not finished for the day, it appeared that he tried to buy a gift card from Wal-Mart, only that transaction apparently was halted. That combination of transactions got the credit card's attention. Some investigation led those involved to conclude that the card holder, from the 6600 block of Rutherford Road, was the victim of identity theft, police said. The circumstances were reported to police on Feb. 20, troopers said.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Lower Macungie man was cheated when he wired $200 to a person who said he had to pay a licensing fee to register his business, troopers report.
A Lower Macungie Township man who runs an online business thought he was complying with a demand to register his service but was cheated out of the money instead, police said. William Ralph Boyle Jr. of the 1100 block of Hillview Drive was contacted by someone who claimed to belong to the outsourced corporation involved with his online business, according to state police at Fogelsville. That person said in December that Boyle needed to pay a $200 licensing fee to maintain his business. Boyle sent $200 via Western Union, police said. However, Boyle learned that the funds were not submitted to his company through the source to whom he sent the money. Police are investigating the incident as theft by deception.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
After one successful withdrawal, man is denied on second attempt, police say.
An Emmaus-area man suddenly acquired a spending habit he didn't even know he had. Fortunately, electronic bank records put a stop to it. As it turned out, someone stole the identity of the 53-year-old, according to state police at Fogelsville. Were it not for banking procedures, the man or his bank could have been out $6,500. Trouble began with a successful $3,000 withdrawal on Aug. 1 from an unspecified Wells Fargo Bank branch, police said. A false Pennsylvania driver's license was used by a man described as being 35-50, black, about 6 feet tall with short hair and wearing glasses. The next day, the same man attempted to withdraw $3,500 from the same bank account but at a Wells Fargo Bank in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, police said. …
Friday, March 23, 2012
iPhone and car registration also missing.
Police might do well to look for a homeowner with a well-maintained lawn when looking to solve a recent theft in Lower Macungie Township. James C. Doherty of 938 Brookside Road on March 3 reported two chainsaws, a leaf blower and a pressure washer among items stolen between March 1 and 3, according to state police at Fogelsville. The equipment was value at $750. Other recent Lower Macungie incidents recently included: Theft from motor vehicle: Reported by Pamela Hysick, 27, of Catasauqua at 6714 Lower Macungie Road; a GPS and Sirius Satellite Radio were taken from her vehicle between 9:30 and 11 p.m. March 8, police said; $350 estimated value. Criminal mischief: Reported by a 53-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man; driver's side door of a…