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Police: Man steals car, wrecks it, steals another

Published On: Jul 25 2014 01:33:34 PM EDT

An Allentown man is in jail, accused of stealing two cars early Thursday, and wrecking one in Lehigh County.

Upper Macungie Township police responded to a call of a stolen car in the western edge of the township around 5:10 a.m.

While police were taking information from Paul and Madelyn Mondschein of the 10000 block of Cormorant Drive, reports came in about a car matching the description of the couple's stolen Hyundai, which was found crashed into a utility pole near 10446 Zieglers Church Road,


The car was found with heavy damage, but unoccupied, sitting under the pole.

Police saw a man walking away from the crash site with what appeared to be head injuries wrapped up in a white fabric, according to court documents.

Police looked for this man, but he ran away and wasn't found.

While at the crash scene, police found a woman who said she'd come to the crash scene looking for her boyfriend -- she identified him as Patrick Keith Taylor Jr.-- because he was involved in an accident, police said.

Taylor was identified as the man who ran from the area earlier.

A K-9 unit was used at the scene, and took officers to the area of 9931 Newtown Road, where Sharen Heminitz flagged officers down to tell them her car -- a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu--had just been stolen from her home.

Police responded to Taylor's last known address --156 W. Linden Street in Allentown--where police said they found the stolen Chevrolet parked just yards away.

Taylor was located inside the home, and he had facial injuries consistent with being in an accident with airbag deployent, police said.

Inside Taylor's bedroom, police found a used marijuana pipe, grinder and scale, according to the paperwork.

Police arrested Taylor and charged him with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and related charges.

He was taken to the Lehigh County Prison after being unable to post $100,000 bail.