Man facing charges for stealing items from car outside day care center

Brad Fernsler of Bangor admits taking purse, phone, iPad

Posted: 11:14 AM EDT Oct 15, 2013

A man is facing charges for breaking into a car outside a Northampton County day care center six weeks ago and involving four police departments in a foot chase, officials said.

Brad A. Fernsler was taken into custody in the unit block of South Fifth Street in Bangor after a chase that began at Bangor Child Care, 221 South Fourth St., around 8 a.m. Sept. 3, officials said.

Police encountered Fernsler, who was wearing black shorts and blue sneakers and had multiple tattoos -- including one with the word "Katie" on his neck -- while en route to the day care center, but he ran toward South Second Street when police tried to question him, officials said.

At the day care center, Christina Davidson told police a man ran away from her after she saw him with her Generation 2 iPad, HTC 1 AT&T cell phone and brown and purple Coach purse when she returned to her car and discovered the items were missing, officials said.

Davidson told police she saw Fernsler crouched behind a vehicle before she went into the day care center with her daughter, officials noted.

Police found Davidson's purse and iPad in the yard of a home at 445 Church St., and they chased Fensler as he ran through a wooded area near St. John's Cemetery and several back yards before he was caught, officials said.

Police from Bangor, Roseto, Pen Argyl and Washington Township were all involved in tracking down Fensler, who later confessed to the theft and was found with $33 of the $34 he had taken from Davidson's wallet in his pocket, officials said.

Fensler, 30, of 315 Division St., Bangor, was arraigned Monday night on charges of theft, theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 24.