Three men have been charged with more than 30 burglaries or attempted burglaries in LehighCounty and three other counties.
The burglaries occurred at commercial businesses between May 29, 2013, and July 19, 2013,in Lehigh, Berks, Northampton and Montgomery counties, but the majority of the burglarieswere in Lehigh County.
The defendants removed registers, cigarette cartons and packs, change jars, cash and coinsfrom the businesses, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania StatePolice Trooper Michael Everk and Detective Michael Marks of the Whitehall Township PoliceDepartment. The total amount of items stolen was $21,416, and the amount of damage totaled$33,721.
The three defendants are Ralph Alberto Abreu, 21, who has no known address; Alex Ramos,23, of 153 W. Court St., Allentown; and Jose Antonio Cortes, 22, of 943 ½ Fifth St., Allentown.
The three are charged with multiple counts of burglary, criminal attempt at burglary, criminaltrespass, criminal conspiracy to commit criminal trespass, criminal mischief, criminal conspiracyto commit criminal mischief, theft, criminal conspiracy to commit theft, receiving stolenproperty and criminal conspiracy to receiving stolen property.
Abreu, Cortes and Ramos were to be arraigned in Lehigh County Central Booking onWednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.
An affidavit of probable cause alleges the following:
All of the burglaries were committed between 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.State Police and police departments that were investigating the burglaries obtainedsurveillance videos from the burglary scenes. The clothing that the suspects wore and that wasobserved on the videos was consistent with reports of witnesses.
Video at one of the burglaries showed the getaway vehicle arriving at and leaving thelocation.
At 8 a.m. on July 19, 2013, a burglary occurred at Sam’s Pizza, 5041 Route 873 in NorthWhitehall Township. The perpetrators fled in a vehicle that matched the description of thevehicle that had been seen on video in a previous burglary.
Abreu, Cortez and Ramos were arrested by State Police shortly after that burglary.
The burglaries and attempted burglaries occurred at these locations:
Pantry One, 822 Race St., Catasauqua;
China King, 1901 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown;
Penn Pizza, 1001 N. 19th St., Allentown;
Hess Express, 1043 Lehigh St., Allentown;
Jacks Pizza, 155 Tilghman St., Allentown;
Subway, 1525 Easton Ave., Bethlehem;
TLC’s Polish Water Ice, 2355 Old Post Road, North Whitehall Township;
D&K Market, 1492 Main St., North Catasauqua;
Primo Pizza, 2431 Emmaus Ave., Allentown;
Raadicals Restaurant, 123 Chestnut St., Coplay;
Vesuvio’s Pizza, 1604 S. Fourth St., Allentown;
Burger Shack, 2011 N. First Ave., Whitehall Township;
Joe’s Pizza II, 578 Chestnut St., Emmaus;
Mario’s Pizza, 851 Main St., Northampton;
China King, 5503 MacArthur Road, Whitehall Township;
Angel’s Pizza, 5511 MacArthur Road, Whitehall Township;
La Placita, 158 N. 12th St., Allentown;
Difiore Pizza, 5608 Route 873, North Whitehall Township;
Geiger’s Market, 3001 S. Second St., Whitehall Township;
Papa Rossi’s Pizzeria, 3851 Main Road East, Upper Milford Township;
Subway, 3337 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township;
Mario’s Pizza Café, 3335 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township;
Dorneyville Beverage, 3339 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township;
Mama’s Pizza, 2228 Old Post Road, North Whitehall Township;
Kornfiend’s Market, 2228 Old Post Road, North Whitehall Township;
Subway, 325 E. Main St., Macungie;
Hess Station, 2161 S. First Ave., Whitehall Township;
Shell Station, 6391 Route 309, New Tripoli Plaza, Heidelberg Township;
Subway, 6391 Route 309, New Tripoli Plaza, Heidelberg Township;
Pennsylvania Liquor Store, 1050 E. Philadelphia Ave., Douglass Township,
Marco’s Pizza, 1050 E. Philadelphia Ave., Douglass Township, Montgomery County;
China King, 1050 E. Philadelphia Ave., Douglass Township, Montgomery County;
PaPa Bernard’s Pizzeria, 801 N. Route 100, Colebrookdale Township, Berks County
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has beenfiled is merely an accusation; and the defendants, Alex Ramos, Ralph Alberto Abreu andJose Antonio Cortes, are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Release from the Office of the District Attorney, Lehigh County Courthouse.