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Alan S. Castillo Sr. in trouble for hiding video game system stolen by son, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 01 2013 07:17:17 AM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

The father of a man who stole a video game console and two video games got into trouble when he tried to hide them before police could return to his home with a search warrant, officials said.

Alan S. Castillo Sr. had a white XBox 360 console and two video XBox 360 video games stolen by his son, Alan S. Castillo Jr., on top of a TV set in his living room when police visited his apartment at 729 East Morton St., Bethlehem, early Saturday morning, officials said.

But when police returned with a search warrant around 5 a.m., one of the stolen games was found in a case on the floor and the stolen Xbox, as well as a controller and other accessories, were discovered in an empty second-floor apartment that the elder Castillo illegally had a key to, officials said.

The younger Castillo stole the XBox gear worth about $500 around 9 p.m. Friday from the apartment of James D. Bennett IV, of the 500 block of East Fifth St., Bethlehem, officials said.

Castillo Jr. was seen leaving Bennett's apartment with the Xbox in his arms by Alex Feltman, who said Castillo appeared "startled" when he spoke with him briefly.

Police found that the metal handle of the door to Bennett's home had been damaged and a shoe print on the outside of the door, officials noted.

Police found the younger Castillo walking in the area of East Sixth and Pierce streets, officials added.

Alan S. Castillo Jr., 24, of 721 East 4th St., Bethlehem, was arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, loitering and prowling, receiving stolen property and theft and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.

Alan S. Castillo Sr., 45, was arraigned on charges of receiving stolen property, obstruction of the administration of law and tampering with evidence and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $2,000 bail, according to court papers.

A preliminary hearing for both men is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 4.