ALLENTOWN, Pa.Jan 25 2017 - A Lehigh County man is being held without bail following his arrest Friday for allegedly shoplifting $14.53 worth of merchandise from an Allentown market.
District Judge Michael D’Amore denied bail when he arraigned Thomas M. Strohl late Friday night on two sets of charges because of multiple warrants for the 53-year-old for failing to appear in court.
Allentown police were dispatched to Ahart’s Market at 1421 W. Allen Street shortly before 5:15 p.m. Friday for a shoplifter being held by store security. The shoplifter later identified as Strohl allegedly tried to steal three food items worth $14.53 and was a suspect in an earlier shoplifting at the store, according to court records.
Strohl, no confirmable address, initially gave police his brother’s name and birthdate.
The 53-year-old is also the suspect in a June 2016 theft from a Boost Mobile kiosk in the Lehigh Valley Mall.
A manager reported to township police that the register was missing $120 when an employee opened for the day. Mall security provided surveillance footage that showed Strohl entering the mall shortly after midnight and walking to the kiosk.
A security guard had allowed Strohl into the mall because he recognized him as a Boost Mobile employee, not aware that Strohl had recently been fired.
In the Whitehall Township theft case, Strohl was originally scheduled for an Oct. 12, 2016, preliminary hearing. In an unrelated case, he was expected in Lehigh County Court on Aug. 11, 2016, for his formal arraignment on charges he passed bad checks.
He’s now in Lehigh County Jail awaiting preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for Jan. 27 on charges of theft, retail theft and false identification to police.