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SouthSide Man Accused of Stealing Debit Card, Cash

Suspect was already being held in jail in connection to an August home invasion robbery.

 

A South Bethlehem man already in hot water for his alleged role in a in the city last month was charged Thursday with stealing a debit card from his girlfriend’s grandmother and bilking her bank account of hundreds of dollars, according to court records.

Anthony Figueroa-Rivera, 24, of 429 E. Third St., allegedly pinched the debit card out of the woman’s purse on May 4 and made several withdrawals from her bank account at ATMs in Allentown and Bethlehem over the next five days, according to an arrest warrant.

The affidavit isn’t completely clear on how much money was stolen. The victim told police that $540 had been removed from her account. After waiving his Miranda rights, Figueroa-Rivera admitted to police that he had taken $800, according to the warrant.

Figueroa-Rivera was charged with access device fraud, a felony, and theft and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned Thursday before and had $75,000 tacked on to his bail.

Figueroa-Rivera was already incarcerated at Northampton County Prison under $250,000 bail for allegedly leading a home invasion robbery at 1140 Amplex St. on Aug. 13.

According to court records, Figueroa-Rivera allegedly brandished a “large kitchen knife” and forced his victims to sit on the floor while his accomplices removed a number of items from the home, including a 50-inch flat screen television, cell phones, clothes, two pair of sneakers and numerous other electronic devices.

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