Lehigh Valley

Police nab trio trying to steal tires, rims from car lot

Rental truck caught officer's attention

EMMAUS, Pa. - Authorities in Lehigh County said a rental truck full of tires and rims stolen from an Emmaus car dealership crashed into a car on the lot as the alleged thieves tried running from police.

An Emmaus Borough police officer pulled into a Kelly Auto Dealer parking lot at 437 E. Main St. about 12:15 a.m. Monday morning after watching a Penske box truck pull into the lot. The officer reported seeing “several people” in an overflow lot for new Mitsubishi vehicles.

As the officer approached the truck, the unidentified people jumped back into the truck and tried to run, crashing into a parked 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, according to court records. Police said Daniel Harrison and Christopher Zeigler were passengers in the truck with a “juvenile male” behind the wheel. Court records do not specify the age of the driver.

Authorities said all three were wearing dark clothes, and they discovered three Outlanders and two Lancers with the tires and rims removed, sitting on blocks.

Police found 20 tires and rims worth more than $6,000 stacked near the rental truck. They also found bags containing a car jack and a lug wrench and numerous pieces of pressure treated lumber like the ones on which the other cars were resting.

Harrison and Zeigler each face single counts of attempted theft and possessing instruments of a crime. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned both men Monday morning, setting bail for each at $20,000.

Harrison was released from Lehigh County Jail Tuesday after posting bail. Zeigler remains in county jail. Their next court dates are preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for Feb. 27.


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