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Angel Silva caught trying to sell stolen tools, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Apr 04 2013 03:00:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2013 03:02:18 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man, aided by his teenage girlfriend, tried to sell tools stolen from a contractor's work site to an undercover cop who responded to an ad on Craigslist.com, officials said.

Angel M. Silva was arrested Wednesday after offering an undercover cop a $300 Delta miter saw with a broken safety shield, a $150 table saw, a $100 Husky two-gallon air compressor and a $120 Bosch pneumatic nail gun in the basement of 508 Sioux St., Bethlehem, officials said.

Silva's 16-year-old girlfriend, who was in the home where Silva had stashed the tools, told the undercover officer that the tools belonged to her recently deceased grandfather, officials said.

She later said Silva encouraged her "to go along with everything he said," officials added.

Silva admitted at police headquarters that he stole the tools from a work site at the home next door, at 506 Sioux St., by walking in the unlocked front door at 1 a.m. March 27, officials said.

The tools' owner, Pedro Maura, of 1108 Birbeck St., Freeland, Luzerne Co., reported them stolen to police on Wednesday after he discovered them for sale on Craigslist.com and made an appointment with Silva to look them over.

A $200 Sprint HTC cell phone stolen from a Maura employee, Joel Alpha, who had left it on the front porch of 506 Sioux St. on Wednesday, was also found inside 508 Sioux St., officials said.

Silva,  21, of 329 Church St., Catasauqua, Lehigh Co., was arraigned on charges of burglary, theft, criminal trespass, corruption of minors and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $35,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 15.