A man carrying a stuffed pillowcase as he walked along a Northeast Bethlehem street Friday afternoon dropped the case and ran away when he saw police officers on the block.
As it turned out, not only was the runner—Giovanni K. Sanders—wanted on a bench warrant for his failure to make a court appearance, but he had also just burglarized a home several blocks away, police said.
Sanders ran, but his efforts to hide in a shed in the back yard of home in the 900 block of Walters Street were unsuccessful. Police said they tracked Sanders to the shed and found the homeowner yelling at Sanders to get out.
Police quickly identified Sanders, 21, of 857 Media St., though he said he did not remember his name, according to an arrest affidavit.
Meanwhile, police found that the contents of the pillowcase included a pink laptop computer, a wood jewelry box filled with women’s jewelry and a purse containing a number of credit cards, the affidavit said.
Police traced the credit cards to a woman who lives on the 800 block Nicholas Street, finding that her home had just been burglarized, with entry being made through a first floor window, the affidavit said.
In the affidavit, police said that they had recently received information that a man named “Gio”—whose description matches Sanders’ appearance—has been selling stolen property, including iPads, iPhones and laptop computers.
The affidavit also says that Sanders has been arrested numerous times in the past for crimes such as theft, assault, terroristic threats, drug violations, criminal mischief, providing false identification, resisting arrest and fleeing from police.
This time, Sanders was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal trespassing. He was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Joseph Barner of Lower Nazareth Township and committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.