A shoplifter avoided more trouble with the law by telling police PennDOT was responsible for a mix up about his identity, officials said.
The suspect identified himself as Edgardo Calder after he was arrested for shoplifting $312.63 in paper towels, clothing and stationary items in a plastic tote from the Walmart at 3722 Easton-Nazareth Highway, Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
But when police checked his license, they saw his name was listed as Edgard Caldero-Calderon, officials said.
The suspect insisted PennDOT made a mistake about his name and that he never had it corrected, officials said.
Police charged the shoplifter as Edgard Caldero-Calderon, but did not cite him for lying about his identity, court papers show.
Caldero-Calderon, 34, of 1266 East 4th St., Bethlehem, was arraigned on a retail theft charge and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 28.
Caldero-Calderon's girlfriend, Elizabeth Olivencia, who was with him in the Walmart. She had her own buggy with a plastic tote full of stolen merchandise and was given a citation for retail theft and released, officials said.