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Police: Homeless man facing forgery, car theft and drug charges

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 26 2012 09:18:35 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

A homeless man is facing a slew of charges in connection with three separate incidents involving forgery, the theft of two cars and drug possession, officials said.

Charles A. Repasch III was arraigned Friday morning on charges from all three incidents.

Repasch is accused of stealing more than $18,000 by forging the name of his uncle, David T. Tomko, 3548 Ironstone Court, Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., on checks and using Tomko's credit and debit cards between January and October of this year, officials said.

Tomko told police Repasch stayed with him at his home from time to time and was a regular visitor, officials said.

Repasch used the cards mostly to get cash advances, but almost $1,500 of the total was spent on food, gasoline and merchandise, officials said.

Tomko also gave police information that tied his nephew to the Juky 8 theft of a car owned by Sarah Tombler-Gimpel, who lives in the 1500 block of Irene Street in Bethlehem, officials said.

Tomko said Repasch, who was then living at 3005 East Boulevard, Bethlehem, telephoned on July 8 and informed him he was driving Tombler-Gimpel's 1992 Acura Integra when it broke down somewhere on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and burst into flames, officials said.

Repasch left the car along the roadway and took off, they added.

Tombler-Gimpel reported the theft on July 13, and told police Repasch's sister, Nicole Repasch, admitted that her brother had stolen the car, officials said.

Last Monday, Repasch was involved in an accident in Bethlehem with another stolen car, officials said.

Repasch, whose address was listed as 75 East Broad St., Bethlehem, in court papers, crashed a white 1994 Ford Taurus stolen from Jeffrey Moser, of Lower Saucon Twp., Northampton Co., into four parked cars and a utility pole in the 1900 block of Mary Street in Bethlehem, officials said.

Police found two bags of marijuana, 12 empty wax paper bags and a prescription anti-anxiety pill in Repasch's pockets, officials said, adding that Repasch admitted the wax paper bags had contained heroin.

In the case involving his uncle's checks and credit and debit cards, Repasch was arraigned on charges including forgery, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

In the case of the stolen Acura, Repasch was arraigned on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and bail was set $5,000, court papers show, while in the case of the accident on Mary Street, he was arraigned on charges including theft, receiving stolen property, drug possession, DUI and driving with a suspended license, with bail set at $25,000.

Preliminary hearings are set for 10 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1 on the cases involving the stolen cars, and at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 on the forgery case.