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Footprints in the snow lead police to alleged burglar

Man allegedly burglarized neighboring businesses

EASTON, Pa. - Easton police said they tracked a burglar through the footprints he left in the snow after allegedly breaking into a pair of South Side businesses Wednesday morning.

Richard A. Folkner, of East Kleinhans Street in Easton, faces two sets of charges in connection to the early-morning burglaries of No. 1 Chinese and Easton Finest Urban Gear in the 100 block of West St. Joseph Street. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 52-year-old, setting bail at a combined $150,000.

Easton police responded to a burglary alarm at No. 1 Chinese about 4:20 a.m. Officers found what appeared to be fresh footprints in the snow outside the backdoor and outside the backdoor of the neighboring Easton Finest Urban Gear, according to court records.

Officers said they followed the footprints and what appeared to be tire tracks to the 300 block of East Cooper Street. Police spotted a man later identified as Folkner pulling a blue garbage bin with a black duffel bag on top of the lid.

Authorities said the bin was full of new boots, sneakers, clothing and DVDs. Police allege they also found a screw driver and pliers in Folkner’s pants pockets and a crow bar, flashlight, drill and jewelry in the bag.

The store owner identified the items in the garbage bin and bag as merchandise from her store. Police allege they also found $72 in his coat pocket, which the owner of the Chinese restaurant said was the same amount stolen from his cash register.

Police said they discovered an active arrest warrant for Folkner out of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department. Once in custody at the Easton Police Department, a further search of duffel bag reveals an EIG .22 caliber handgun. A previous felony conviction prevents Folkner from possessing a firearm, according to police.

Authorities charged Folkner with two counts each of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property and a single count of illegal possession of a firearm. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 30.

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