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Police: Blueberry-stealing man makes animal noises at store staff

Authorities allege he took a hat without paying

S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A Lehigh County man is facing shoplifting charges after he allegedly began eating blueberries and making animal noises at female employees at a South Whitehall Township grocery store.

South Whitehall Township police were dispatched to the Weis Market at 1500 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. about 7:15 p.m. Friday to investigate a drunk and disruptive man. He allegedly ate blueberries and grabbed a hat before leaving the store without paying, according to court records.

As he arrived at the store, a township police officer encountered Andrew H. Buechele, of South Whitehall Township. He was allegedly wearing the hat.

A witness told police that Buechele began eating blueberries and took a $16 hat before making “cat-like noises” at female employees, according to records. She also told police he “raised his hand” in a way that made her believe he was about to hit a woman on the backside, according to records.

Police allege they also found a small amount of pot in the 47-year-old’s wallet.

Authorities charged Buechele with a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession and summary counts of retail theft and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned Friday night by District Judge Donna Butler released Saturday after posting $3,000 bail.

Buechele’s next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for June 30.

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