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Investigators say half-eaten apple leads to burglary suspect

Accused thief stole a Harley, handgun and ammo

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Investigators said they linked a Bethlehem Township man to a November 2017 burglary that netted a motorcycle and a gun thanks to a half-eaten apple the alleged thief left behind.

Authorities charged Evan M. Radice, of Suncrest Lane, with burglary, theft and related offenses in connection to a Nov. 3 break-in of a Nicholas Street home in Bethlehem. District Judge Nicholas Englesson arraigned the 28-year-old Wednesday, setting bail at $150,000.

The homeowner’s mother discovered the break-in, when she checked on the house for her son. When she arrived to retrieve a package that had been delivered, she reported finding an open rifle case on the living room floor, according to court records.

A quick look around the house revealed that the back door was unlocked, a door on the detached garage was open and the basement door was forced open, according to court records.

A 2017 Harley Davidson Dina Low Rider was missing from the garage, and an inventory of the home revealed that a Walther PPK .380 caliber handgun was gone along with two magazines and eight to 10 boxes of ammunition.

Also missing was a Playstation 3, two watches, two pocket knives, the keys to a dirt bike and other sets of keys.

The homeowner later turned over to police a partially eaten apple he found in a closet. The apple was swabbed for DNA, which allegedly returned a match for Radice.

On-line court records show Radice in 2011 pleaded guilty in Northampton County to robbery. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to forgery and conspiracy to commit criminal trespass in Cumberland County in two separate cases. And in April, police in Lancaster County arrested Radice on charges of burglary, robbery and theft.

Authorities in Northampton County charged Radice after his latest arrest with burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and three counts of theft. He is currently in Lancaster County Prison and tentatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Northampton County on Sept. 27.

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