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S.W. police make arrest in burglaries

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT sbryant@tnonline.com in Police Log

South Whitehall Police Officer Mark Keeler alleges in an affidavit of probable cause Joseph Anthony Carazo, of 1020 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, repeatedly broke into the Paragon Building, 1611 Pond Road, South Whitehall Township, in an attempt to obtain the cleaning contract for himself.

According to police, Carazo entered the building between Sept. 23 and Nov. 25, when it was closed for business.

Carazo allegedly admitted to being in the building from late at night to the early morning hours to sabotage the cleaning company.

According to the affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge Jake Hammond's office, South Whitehall Township, Keeler states Laura Gervasi, property manager of NAI Summit, reported the Paragon Building had been entered and two offices on the fourth floor had doors damaged.

Keeler states a check of the video system from the lobby area showed a man carrying a small bag exit a white SUV parked in the fire lane in front of the building and enter the lobby through an unlocked door at 8:50 p.m. Nov. 10.

According to the affidavit, the man was later observed at 9:16 p.m. outside the building walking toward the vehicle, enter the driver's seat and leave.

Keeler stated that at 12:22 p.m. Nov. 18, Mohamed Elzalabany, owner of Primo Cafe, on the first floor of the building reported his business was burglarized.

A check of the video system showed the same man exit his vehicle and enter the building using a pass code at 12:34 a.m. Nov. 18.

The man was seen exiting through the lobby doors at 12:43 a.m. carrying a plastic bag he did not enter with, Keeler states.

Keeler states the man re-entered the building at 12:44 a.m. using the pass code, before exiting and driving off.

He then returned at 1:06 a.m., entered the building, and then left at 1:14 a.m. in the same vehicle.

Keeler states it was unknown who the man was on Nov. 10 and 18 at the times of entry.

On Nov. 25, South Whitehall Township Police Officer Timothy Shoudt, while on patrol, encountered a white SUV parked in the fire lane in front of the Paragon Building.

Keeler states a man had just exited his vehicle, put in the pass code and opened the front door to the lobby area when Shoudt asked him what he was doing.

According to the affidavit, the man allegedly stated he was checking the building as he owned a cleaning company and heard about all the burglaries.

Keeler states when the man exited a few minutes after entering the building at 9:44 p.m., Shoudt obtained his information and he was identified as Carazo.

A check of the video system showed Carazo allegedly entered the building at 12:55 a.m. on Nov. 18 using the same pass code and left a short time later.

Keeler states Carazo does not have a business in the building and was not issued a pass code.

He was arraigned on Dec. 12 before District Judge Jake Hammond.

According to Lehigh County Court records, Carazo was charged with four counts of criminal trespass of a structure.

Carazo posted $75,000 monetary bail.