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Slate Belt man accused of helping to swipe his ex's Harley

Authorities said they found motorcycle in his yard

ROSETO, Pa. - A Slate Belt man is facing burglary charges after he allegedly admitted to helping a buddy swipe a Harley Davidson motorcycle early Tuesday morning from his ex’s garage in Roseto.

Authorities charged William R. Jetter Jr., of South Delaware Drive in Upper Mount Bethel Township, with receiving stolen property, theft and burglary, all felonies. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 35-year-old Wednesday morning, setting bail at $25,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Roseto police were dispatched to the Garibaldi Avenue home Tuesday morning to investigate a burglary report. The homeowner reported that a 1984 Harley Davidson Wide Glide was stolen from a detached garage about 1:15 a.m. The theft was allegedly caught on video surveillance in the area, according to court records.

A detective with the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force developed information that led to a search warrant for Jetter’s South Delaware Drive home. Authorities allegedly found the motorcycle shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the yard. Investigators said Jetter admitted to helping a friend pick up the motorcycle from an alley in Roseto earlier that morning.

Jetter told authorities that he had previously lived next to the home from where the motorcycle was stolen. He said that his ex-girlfriend lived in the house and kept a Harley in the garage, according to records..

He allegedly showed his friend “Kody” the garage and told him he could steal a motorcycle. After his buddy reportedly took his cue and stole the bike, Jetter helped him load it onto a trailer and drove it to his house, according to investigators.

Once at Jetter’s house, others reportedly began taking the motorcycle apart and painting it.

Jetter failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 24.

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