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Maryland man charged in daylight Bethlehem break-in

He allegedly told police he had recently used meth

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Maryland man is facing felony trespassing charges after allegedly breaking into a Bethlehem home in the middle of the afternoon.

Bethlehem police charged Shawn V. Sitarchyk, of Berlin, Md., with a felony count of criminal trespass and summary counts of criminal mischief, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct in connection with the alleged break-in in the 1900 block of West Broad Street. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 42-year-old Friday night, setting bail at $25,000.

Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of West Broad Street shortly before 4 p.m. Friday for a reported burglary. They were looking for a man with a back tattoo, wearing a hat and carrying his sneakers. An officer detained a man matching that description later identified as Sitarchyk in the parking lot of the nearby Diamondz Night Club, according to court records.

A neighbor alerted the resident that someone had just broken into his house through the back door. The man, who shares the home with his mother, said he walked downstairs to investigate, when he spotted a stranger standing in his kitchen.

Sitarchyk admitted to police that he had used meth within the last 24 hours of the break-in.

Police said the door frame was damaged, and that Sitarchyk opened the fence to get into the back yard.

Sitarchyk failed to post bail, so he was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 12.

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