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Philadelphia man charged in Wind Gap shoplifting

WIND GAP, Pa. - A Philadelphia man is facing shoplifting charges for his role in the theft of nearly $800 worth of merchandise from a Slate Belt Verizon store.

Slate Belt Regional police charged Raymont D. Bailey, of Grays Avenue in Philadelphia, with shoplifting and conspiracy in connection to the Dec. 6 theft from a Wind Gap Verizon. District Judge Robert Hawke arraigned the 31-year-old Wednesday morning, setting bail at $50,000.

Police were dispatched to the Verizon at 1001 South Broadway shortly before 5 p.m. Dec. 6 to investigate a theft report. A store employee told police that three men had stolen merchandise from the store about 20 minutes before an officer arrived.

The employee managed to jot down the license plate to a white 2004 Mercury Marquis, which was registered to Bailey, according to court records.

Police said one man distracted the clerk, while two others allegedly stole a pair of Motorola JBL speakers valued at $80 each and a pair of Motorola cell phone projectors worth $300 each.

The clerk told police that another customer had alerted her to the theft.

It's not clear from court records what role Bailey played in the theft.

Bailey failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 3.


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