Tia Dawn Hassler, evicted from Bethlehem Twp. home, accused in theft of credit cards, phone

Posted: 1:57 PM EST Nov 07, 2012

A woman who was removed from a home late Tuesday afternoon was arrested a few hours later for stealing two credit cards and a cordless phone, officials said.

Tia Dawn Hassler was was taken into custody after she tried to get back into the home of Joseph J. Herczeg at 2055 7th St., Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

Hassler was evicted from the home about four hours earlier, and afterward Herczeg reported two credit cards in his wallet and a $70 cordless phone were taken from his bedroom, officials said.

Hassler admitted to police that she took the cards and the phone, and officers found a receipt for $11.29 in gasoline purchased at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday at the Hess station at 3283 Easton Ave., Bethlehem Twp., officials said.

Hassler, 42, described herself as homeless and suffering from a bi-polar disorder, officials said.

She was arraigned just after midnight Wednesday on charges of access device fraud, theft and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $5,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14.