UPDATE: Arrests made in Hillside Avenue house burglary


Two males were arrested at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday in an connection with a burglary at a student’s off-campus house at 547 Hillside Ave., according to a Bethlehem police press release.

Christopher Kratzer, age 30, and Jonathan Garcia, age 24, were found in possession of a flat screen television, remote and jewelry when stopped by police.  Kratzer also had heroin and syringes in his possession.

Kratzer was dressed in a blue hooded sweatshirt and had glasses on and the female student positively identified him. She found him in her home at 12:15 p.m., according to a campus-wide email sent by police Chief Edward Shupp about an hour later.

Both Shupp and Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio said in statements that surveillance cameras monitored by both departments assisted in the identification and apprehension of the suspects.

The television and remote were not from the Hillside residence, but police discovered it was stolen from 526 Thomas St. Police have also linked Kratzer with robberies at 410 First Terrace on Nov. 7  and 416 First Terrace on Oct. 16.

Kratzer, no address, is being charges with (4) Counts Burglary, (4) Counts Criminal Trespass, (4) Counts Theft, (4) Counts Receiving Stolen Property and (8) Counts Criminal Conspiracy.

Jonathan Garcia, 926 E. Mechanic St., Bethlehem, is being charged with (2) Counts Burglary, (2) Counts Criminal Trespass, (2) Counts Theft, (2) Counts Receiving.

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