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Romanian man alleged with Bethlehem credit card theft

Bethlehem Police found over $10,000 in recently purchased electronic goods from a 50-year-old man who allegedly stole credit cards from lockers across Upstate New York.

George Piha was arrested by Bethlehem Police at a traffic stop after officers discovered cut up credit cards along with Apple and Microsoft products. He was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail without bail.

Piha allegedly stole the credit cards at a Bethlehem YMCA moments before police pulled him over, and bought electronics within the last two days from cards stolen in two other counties. During the search, officers also found a wig, disguises, clothes, lock picking equipment and instruction manuals in Piha’s vehicle rental.

He has been tied to similar thefts following heavy credit card purchases in six other counties.

The man provided an address in Middle Village, New York, but according to investigators, he  recently came to the United States from Romania.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to Piha is asked to contact Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973.

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