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Bethlehem police nab pair of alleged fridge bandits

Authorities allege they broke into vacant home

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A pair of Bethlehem residents is facing burglary and trespassing charges for allegedly trying to pilfer a refrigerator from a Hess Street home.

Bethlehem police arrested Tammy Lee Moyer and Juan H. Dominguez last weekend after allegedly spotting them wheeling a refrigerator out the backdoor. District Judge Jacqueline Taschner arraigned the pair later that night, setting bail for the 46-year-old Moyer at $15,000 and $50,000 for the 61-year-old Dominguez. She allowed for a 10 percent cash option for both.

Police were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of Hess Street shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday after an anonymous caller reported three people breaking into a home, according to court records. Court records indicate Moyer lives only a few doors away from the allegedly burglarized home.

When officers arrived, they reportedly found Moyer and Dominguez with a refrigerator strapped to a dolly, according to records. The home is currently vacant, and the owner told police that neither Moyer nor Dominguez had permission to take the $700 appliance or be in the house.

Moyer allegedly admitted to police that they broke in through a backdoor. Officers said Dominguez was carrying a pair of screwdrivers.

Authorities charged Moyer and Dominguez with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass and misdemeanor counts of theft, receiving stolen property and possessing instruments of a crime.

Moyer was released from Northampton County Prison Tuesday after pre-trial services changed her bail to unsecured. Dominguez, meanwhile, remains in county prison after failing to post bail. Their next court dates are preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for March 29.

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