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Police arrest 'blood and cuts' car thief suspect

He allegedly smashed a window at the dealership

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - When police arrested a Northampton County man for allegedly stealing a used car, they say he was covered in cuts and blood from the window he smashed at the dealership.

Authorities charged Garry J. Ramunni, of Deemer Road in Williams Township, with burglary and related charges following his arrest last week for allegedly breaking into a car dealership on South Fourth Street in Allentown. District Judge Rashid Santiago arraigned the 38-year-old, setting bail at $35,000.

A member of the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force was dispatched to Eddie’s Auto Sales at 1201 S. Fourth St. shortly before 8 a.m. Nov. 1. The owner reported that someone had stolen a gold 2007 Honda Civic from the lot.

Video surveillance inside and outside the dealership along with city police cameras captured footage of a man wearing an orange shirt with a bald head breaking into the building by smashing a window with a hammer, according to court records.

Authorities said they found blood in several locations throughout the business.

About 30 minutes after police responded to the dealership, Bethlehem police were dispatched to the Turkey Hill at Route 412 and Hellertown Road for reports of a vehicle striking the curb and trying to leave the area. Police stopped a gold Honda and took the driver into custody.

Police said the driver, who was identified as Ramunni, was covered in cuts and blood.

A search of the car allegedly turned up a blood-covered orange t-shirt, blood-soaked jeans, a pair of sneakers and spots of blood throughout the car.

Authorities charged Ramunni with single felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property along with a single misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Ramunni awaits a preliminary hearing in Lehigh County Court. Until then, he remains in county jail after failing to post bail.

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