Bethlehem Security Cameras help to catch home invader

A  32-year-old man was identified by witnesses and images from Bethlehem’s surveillance cameras and charged with breaking into an apartment and stealing $500, police said.

Victor M. Castro, who has no known address, is charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and trespassing for the Feb. 5 incident, police said. Castro was sent to Northampton County Prison under $15,000 bail.

According to court records:

Shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 5, Erica Segarra told police, she believed someone entered her new apartment at 1101 E. Fourth St. and stole $500 stored on a closet shelf.

Segarra told police several cleaning products stored on a bathroom window sill were knocked over and it looked as if the window’s blind had been removed and replaced incorrectly.

Segarra’s neighbors, Pedro Hornedo and Olga Hirado, told police they had seen a man climb a rear fire escape and go inside the apartment. Segarra’s boyfriend, Tracy Porter, told police a man he knew as “Mayo” was supposed to help them move that day.

Police said a city surveillance camera recorded a man, later identified as Castro, climb the fire escape and enter Segarra’s apartment.

— Pamela Lehman

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