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Giovanni Sanders, theft suspect, drops sack full of stolen property, arrested

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 09 2013 01:46:43 PM CST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man suspected of selling stolen property was caught after dropping a pillow case full of loot and trying to hide in a shed, officials said.

Giovanni K. Sanders was was caught by police hiding inside a shed in the 900 block of Walters Street in Bethlehem after a homeowner repeatedly yelled at him to get out of the storage building around 12:35 p.m. Friday, officials said.

Police began pursuing Sanders when they saw him take off after dropping a packed pillow case near Carlisle and Walters streets, and run down toward the shed on Walters Street, officials said.

Inside the pillow case, police said they found an $800 pink Dell laptop, a $50 wooden box with $350 worth of women's jewelry and a $20 purse with credit cards issued to a woman who lives in the 800 block of Nicholas Street.

When police checked the Nicholas Street address, they found the home had been burglarized, and a woman who lived there identified the stolen items as belonging to her and her housemate, officials said.

The women were not at home when someone broke in thorough a first-floor window, officials added.

Sanders is suspected of being the man named "Gio," who has been selling stolen property, including laptops, iPads and iPhones, officials said.

Bags of stolen jewelry were found after recent burglaries in the 700 block of Washington Avenue and the 1800 block of Major Street, near Sanders' home, they pointed out.

Sanders also is wanted on a bench warrant for assault out of Northampton County, they said.

Sanders, 21, of 857 Media St., Bethlehem, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $35,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 16.