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Police: Man exchanged items stolen from ex-girlfriend's aunt for drugs

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Feb 14 2013 11:12:18 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 15 2013 09:58:17 AM CST
NAZARETH, Pa. -

A man was arrested for burglarizing the home of a woman he used to live with and exchanging her camera and electronics gear and jewelry for drugs, officials said.

Michael Lichtfield broke a window to get into the home of his then next door neighbor, Cynthia Kelleher, at 367 East Prospect St., Nazareth, Northampton Co., at about 5 p.m. Jan. 22 and stole a camera, a laptop computer, an Xbox video game system, several pieces of jewelry and a jewelry box worth a total of about $2,000, officials said.

Kelleher told police she suspected Lichtfield, her niece's ex- boyfriend who once lived with her, was behind the burglary, but Lichtfield denied any involvement when he was questioned, officials said.

The case was cracked when, after a two-week investigation, Lichtfield sister, Tiffany Lichtfield, told police she had driven her brother to Kelleher's home to retrieve personal items and he came out with the camera and electronics gear, officials said.

Tiffany Lichtfield said she drove her brother to Allentown, where Michael gave the stolen goods to two men and received "a bundle of heroin" in return, officials said.

Lichtfield, 24, was arraigned on charges of burglary, theft, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and other charges and committed to the Northampton County Prison on
$25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 26.