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Alleged burglar slips handcuffs, tries to run, police say

E. Bangor man caught bolting out of police station

E. BANGOR, Pa. - A Slate Belt man already facing burglary charges added to his woes after allegedly slipping his handcuffs at police headquarters and trying to run.

Kenneth Long faces a lengthy list of charges including burglary, assault and theft for allegedly breaking into an East Bangor business last month. District Judge Alicia Zito arraigned the 20-year-old Thursday morning, setting bail at $150,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

The owner of Capital Auto Parts at 1 Capital Blvd. reported to East Bangor police that someone broke into his business sometime between Jan. 20 and 23. The burglar made off two car stereos, a GPS, a Blackberry and loose change from vehicles on the property, according to court records.

The investigating officer said he received information that Long may have been the culprit. He also learned that he was wanted by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department on a theft warrant.

Police looked for Long at his Lakewood Drive home in East Bangor. Instead, they found his grandmother who told police that her grandson wasn’t home, but that the items for which they were searching were in the house, according to court records.

Authorities tracked Long to an apartment in Bangor, where he was arrested Thursday on the outstanding warrant. Once in custody, he allegedly admitted to the burglary, including breaking into a trailer on the property and stealing cash.

As police prepared to take him to Northampton County Prison, Long managed to get out of the handcuffs and bolted from police headquarters through the garage door. He was quickly apprehended after a short chase in which the officer injured his hands and knees when he fell.

Police charged Long with two counts each of burglary and criminal trespass, escape, four counts each of theft and receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment, simple assault, two counts of loitering, three counts of criminal mischief and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He remains in county prison after failing to post bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Feb. 14.

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