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Business owner took money for computer device he never delivered, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Feb 22 2013 05:40:06 PM CST
PALMER TWP., Pa. -

A business owner cashed two checks from a customer for a computer device he promised but never delivered, officials said.

Charles R. Sandt Jr. received the checks totaling $427 last June from James Robinson, 2839 Green Pond Road, Palmer Twp., Northampton Co., who was trying to buy a used router/firewall unit from him, officials said.

Robinson told police he met Sandt eight years ago through Sandt's business, Computer Innovations, 3421 Northwood Ave., Palmer Twp., and that he first asked Sandt about the used router/firewall last March, officials said.

Robinson said Sandt called him months later to tell him a friend had the device Robinson wanted for about $325, officials said.

Sandt went to Robinson's home on June 26 to collect a $327 check, but was back the next day for another $100 he said his friend wanted for the device, officials added.

Over the next few months, Robinson tried unsuccessfully to get Sandt to either deliver the router/firewall or give him back his money, although Sandt told Robinson he could get a new router/firewall for Robinson for an extra $129, officials said.

Sandt, 41, whose last know address is 136 South 14th St., Allentown, was arraigned late Thursday night on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $8,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. March 4.