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Burglar allegedly swipes ammo, thousands in jewelry

HELLERTOWN, Pa. - A Lehigh County man accused of stealing ammunition and thousands of dollars in jewelry from a Hellertown home Sunday morning also allegedly threatened the officer who called to speak with him about the burglary.

Steven C. Oliemuller II now faces burglary, theft, criminal trespass and terroristic threats charges in connection to the incident about 8:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Riegel Street. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 32-year-old Sunday afternoon, setting bail at $50,000.

Hellertown police said the victim reported a burglary about 8:45 a.m. Sunday. She told officers that Oliemuller had broken into her home through a first-floor window about 20 minutes before she reported the break-in, according to court records.

She alleges that Oliemuller headed for the second floor where he grabbed a $50 lockbox containing about $8,000 in jewelry, an unknown amount of .22 caliber ammunition and possibly and handgun that was in the lockbox, according to records.

The victim reported that he drove away in a sliver Hyundai SUV and identified the man in the vehicle with Oliemuller.

An officer reportedly called Oliemuller’s cell phone and asked the suspect to come to police headquarters to discuss the incident. Police said Oliemuller made “threatening remarks” that he would return to “handle things his way” and would be coming soon to see the officers.

Court records do not specify how the victim knew Oliemuller or how police had his contact information.

Oliemuller, of the 7200 block of McFetterbridge Lane in Lower Milford Township, failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 22.

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