HANOVER TWP., Northampton County, Pa. - A 35-year-old New Jersey man has been arrested for stealing nearly $2,000 worth of Escalade parts from the Faulkner Cadillac dealership in Northampton County.
Colonial Regional Police have charged Randy Williams of Irvington, N.J., with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
The Cadillac dealership is along Stoke Park Road in Hanover Township. The theft occurred on Feb. 9 and was reported to police the following day.
Items taken included 20 center hub caps for Cadillac Escalades, with a total value of $1,400, and five rear hitch trim covers for Escalades, with a total value of $575.
After being arraigned Tuesday morning, Williams was freed on bail, which was set at $10,000.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 11 a.m. June 10 before Magisterial District Judge James Narlesky.
Colonial Regional Police investigating the Faulkner theft were contacted by Detective Brian Ford of Fordham Park, N.J., police about wheels and tires being stolen from Escalades at Cadillac dealerships in multiple communities in New Jersey.
Cinder blocks were put under the vehicles as the wheels were removed.
The New Jersey investigation pegged Williams as a suspect. Ford obtained a court order to track Williams by his cell phone. That track placed him at the Faulkner dealership on Feb. 9, the day the thefts occurred.
Surveillance video from Faulkner showed a light-colored Chevrolet Tahoe enter the lot at 9:20 p.m. Feb. 9.
The driver got out and unloaded what later were determined to be cinder blocks, placing them by Escalades. He removed the center caps and hitch covers from the Escalades, then left the lot.
The Tahoe was traced to the defendant's girlfriend, who lives in Elizabeth, N.J.
The police criminal complaints lists Williams' address as Skytop Garden Apartments in Parlin, N.J., but his bail release document said he resides at Montrose Terrace in Irvington, N.J.
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