ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Allentown police arrested a New York man after he was allegedly spotted slipping out the backdoor of a North Seventh Street business that doubled as the proprietor’s home with a bag of goodies in his hand.
Hector Colon, no confirmable address, faces burglary and theft charges following his early-morning arrest Sunday. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 51-year-old a few hours later, setting bail at $100,000.
Allentown police were dispatched to the 200 block of North Seventh Street shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday for a reported burglary in progress. The victim told authorities that she heard a loud bang and then someone inside her home, according to court records.
Responding officers arrived to find the building’s front door smashed, and an officer at the back of the property reportedly saw someone coming out the backdoor with a garbage bag in his hand, according to records. After the alleged intruder – later identified as Colon – went back inside, the officer ordered him to the ground, prompting Colon to allegedly jump the fence.
Police said they found Colon hiding under a truck. They identified him from his New York identification.
Police said they recovered two of the 16 Bluetooth watches allegedly taken from the business along with eight purses. The owner told police that an Apple MacBook and an Amazon tablet were also missing.
Colon now faces single felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass and misdemeanor counts of theft, criminal mischief and loitering and prowling. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 21.