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EASTON, Pa. | Easton police allege a New York man accused of stealing about $200 from a gaming machine bit the shop owner, who tackled the alleged thief as he tried to run.

Authorities arrested Jose R. Reynoso after he allegedly picked the lock on a gaming machine at the Cigarette and Tobacco Outlet in Easton, while his cohort, Jonathan Ramos Nunez, stood watch. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the pair on theft and related charges Saturday morning, setting bail at $15,000 for each man.

Easton police were dispatched to the cigarette shop at 350 Larry Holmes Dr. about 7:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a theft in progress. Police arrived to find Reynoso sitting on the ground in front of the store, according to court records.

The shop owner alleges Reynoso picked the lock on a gaming machine at the back of his store and stole about $213 in cash, while Nunez allegedly served as a lookout, according to records. When the owner confronted Reynoso about the alleged theft, Reynoso ran out of the store only to be tackled by the owner, police said.

During the struggle, the 60-year-old Reynoso allegedly bit the owner on the arm. Nunez, meanwhile, had punched the owner in the head, so he could flee.

A search of Reynoso allegedly turned up the cash and tools used to pick locks. Police said they arrested the 30-year-old Nunez, also of New York, at the nearby McDonald’s.

Police charged both with single counts of robbery, theft and simple assault. Reynoso faces an additional count possessing an instrument of a crime.

The judge allowed for a 10 percent cash option on their bail. Both men were released from custody on Monday after separate people posted $1,500 cash for each man. Both men have preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15.