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Sharon Nickol of Bethlehem charged with purse theft

Theft occurred last summer in Roosevelt's 21st restaurant

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Fifty-four-year-old Sharon A. Nickol of Bethlehem is charged with stealing a purse, wallet and Apple iPhone valued at $200 last summer.

The crime occurred Aug. 8 in Roosevelt's 21st restaurant at 21 E. Elizabeth Ave. in the city. At about 9:45 p.m. that day, the female victim left her table to use the restroom. When she returned, she saw her purse had been taken from her chair.

Police reviewed surveillance video with the manager at the restaurant, which captured images of the suspect.

On Aug. 10, the restaurant manager called police to tell them the suspect had returned to the restaurant. When police went to the restaurant, Nickol gave them a false name -- Sandra Reagan -- and a false birth date.

Police later learned Reagan is Nikol's sister. Reagan told police Nikol has attempted to use her identity in the past.

Court documents do not explain why so many months passed between the time of the crime occcured and Nickol's arrest. She was arraigned at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

She  has been charged with theft by unlawful taking,receiving stolen property and giving false identification to law enforcement.

The defendant resides in the 600 block of High Street in the city.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 11 a.m. March 4 before Magisterial District Judge James Narlesky of Bethlehem.

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