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Mayor thanks police

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Kelly Lutterschmidt in Local News

3 charged for vehicle break-ins

During the March 4 meeting of North Catasauqua Borough Council, Mayor William Molchany thanked Police Chief Kim Moyer and his department for their diligence in solving a case of multiple vehicle break-ins that took place last year in the borough.

“Our police have charged three suspects for allegedly ransacking cars last April in North Catasauqua, stealing more than $1,800 worth of property and using stolen credit and debit cards to make more than $500 in purchases,” Molchany said. “Items taken besides the credit and debit cards included wallets, gift cards, purses, backpacks, clothing and personal items.”

North Catasauqua police last month charged Kyle Ruch, 20, of Emmaus, Michael Herr, 19, of North Catasauqua, and Hunter Murphy, 18, of Catasauqua, with approximately 40 counts each of theft, receiving stolen property, access device fraud, conspiracy and corruption of minors.

Reports indicate that several juveniles allegedly also took part in the thefts.

According to Molchany, the thefts occurred during the early-morning hours between April 26 and 30, 2018. He acknowledged frustration by community members, who might have wanted more information on the incidents but stressed that many details cannot be disclosed during an investigation.

“I want to make the public aware of the behind-the-scenes investigations and tedious work efforts of our police that occur on a daily basis in order to keep us safe in our community,” he said. “I am proud that our officers are dedicated and committed to serving our residents in such a highly professional manner.”

In other business, council approved a proposal from W2A Design Group for engineering work for the elevator planned for borough hall, 1066 Fourth St.

The borough building stands at three stories, with the top floor currently used for storage. Council would like to see the floor utilized for offices or a larger community room. For the floor to be used, however, it must be handicapped accessible under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

North Catasauqua received $25,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding.

W2A was the winning bidder of the engineering aspect of the project, coming in at $20,000.

North Catasauqua officials will be meeting with Catasauqua and Hanover Township to consider options for forming a multimunicipal comprehensive plan. The meeting will likely be held in the next two weeks.