Lehigh Valley

Police accuse warehouse manager of pilfering appliances

He was caught loading appliances into a truck

U. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege a Lehigh County man repeatedly snuck into an Upper Macungie Township delivery service warehouse where he worked as a manager and pilfered as much as $189,000 worth of appliances.

Upper Macungie Township police charged Davone S. Morris with six counts of burglary and two counts of theft after he allegedly swiped several appliances from RAS Delivery Services in the 7500 block of Morris Court, where he worked as a manager. District Judge David Howells arraigned the 41-year-old Whitehall Township man Thursday night, setting bail at $25,000.

Police were initially dispatched to the warehouse on Jan. 25 to take a report for a stolen microwave. A company representative told authorities that Morris was spotted on surveillance video entering the building about 4:30 a.m. just before his shift began and placing a $200 Samsung microwave near a back door, according to court records.

He allegedly propped the door open, walked out the front door and reappeared at the back door, where he grabbed the microwave, according to records.

Officers said they responded to a burglary in progress at the warehouse about 1:30 a.m. the next day and allegedly found Morris inside after he loaded a stove, dishwasher and microwave worth more than $2,000 into an Enterprise rental truck parked out back. Police said they also learned that the rental truck had been missing for three weeks and reported stolen to Enterprise on Jan. 25.

The keys were in Morris’s pants pocket.

The video surveillance system revealed that Morris had allegedly been entering the building in the early-morning hours on Jan. 12, 13, 21, 22 and 24. Investigators said alarm key logs indicate he could have entered the building on several more occasions.

Morris allegedly admitted to taking the microwave on Jan. 25 and the other appliances on Jan. 26 to sell to another employee for cash. RAS estimated about $189,294 worth of appliances have gone missing, but Morris denied being involved in any other thefts.

Along with the burglary and theft charges, police charged Morris with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license. Authorities said he’d been driving to work every day with a license suspended since 1999.

Following his arraignment, Morris was sent to Lehigh County Jail after failing to post bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 8.

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