Whitehall Township shoplifting arrest

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. | A Bethlehem man accused of stealing a $30 sweatshirt is facing more charges after allegedly running from police and crashing his car outside a Whitehall Township shopping mall.

Whitehall Township police charged Rodney C. Crosland with fleeing and eluding and reckless endangerment following his one-vehicle wreck outside the Whitehall Mall Monday evening. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 44-year-old hours after his arrest, setting bail at $20,000.

Township police were dispatched to the Kohl’s department store at the Whitehall Mall about 6:45 p.m. Monday for a report of a shoplifting in progress. Arriving officers learned that the accused shoplifter had gotten into a silver Subaru that was spotted at a nearby Wells Fargo bank, according to court records.

Police said the officers turned on their lights and sirens as they tried to stop the car, according to records. The driver, later identified as Crosland, allegedly sped past a police car in the oncoming lane of traffic before crashing and overturning his car, according to records. Police said people were walking in the parking lot, when Crosland allegedly sped away.

Crosland, whose face was bleeding, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities said officers arrested Crosland as he tried to run from the crash. Kohl’s security alleges Crosland stole a $30 Levi’s sweatshirt.

Police said Crosland was driving with a suspended license, and officers allege they found a small amount of pot and a grinder in his car along with an open bottle of brandy.

Authorities charged Crosland, of Cherokee Street, with fleeing and eluding, accident involving death or injury, reckless endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia and seven summary traffic offenses. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 22.