A 33-year-old Allentown man is in Lehigh County Prison after being charged for 24 burglaries or attempted burglaries committed between June and September 2013 in Lehigh County.
Christian Laboy-Robles, who resided in the 400 block of N. 6th Street in the city, was arrested for the burglaries Tuesday by Emmaus and Allentown police.
He was charged with 24 counts of burglary, 20 counts of theft by unlawful taking and 20 counts of receiving stolen property.
Police reported that Laboy-Robles and an unidentified accomplice hit stores between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. In every case, a glass window or door was broken to gain entry.
The criminals were inside each establishment for no more than one minute, using a large plastic bag to take cigarette cartons, cigarette packs and lighters. They dressed in dark clothing and wore hoodies, gloves, hats and masks.
Many of the burglaries were captured on surveillance videos.
Police report the total value of stolen items is $37,544.24. Damages to the stores added up to $12,811 -- for a total of $50,355.24.
At 1:21 a.m. Sept. 16, Sgt. Timothy Hoats of the Emmaus police department captured Laboy-Robles as he exited Don's Food Market at 217 E. Harrison St. in the borough.
The police officer was on patrol when he heard the sound of shattering glass coming from the store. He saw the front door had been smashed and observed the suspect inside.
Don's Market also had been burglarized at 1:04 a.m. July 23, also by smashing the glass in the front of the Emmaus store.
The defendant is believed to have been a participant in other Lehigh County burglaries that occurred in Allentown, Coopersburg, Emmaus, Hanover Township, Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie, South Whitehall and Whitehall.
The burglaries were investigated by Detective Jason Apgar of the Emmaus police department and Detective Stephen Milkovits of the Allentown police department.