Bethlehem Police Department

  • Agency: Bethlehem Police Department
  • Address: 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem , 18018 PA
  • Chief: Randall P Miller (Commissioner)

Bethlehem Police Department is located at 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem , 18018 PA. The Commissioner of the department is Randall P Miller. The Bethlehem Police Department phone number is 610-865-7187.

Bethlehem Police Department News

The Bethlehem Police Department is attempting to identify the operator of a motorized bicycle involved in a Hit and Run, pedestrian collision that occurred on April 14th at approximately 8:22 pm at the intersection of East 4th and Hayes Street. The operator of the motorized bicycle struck a child who was crossing the street in a crosswalk. The operator continued north on Hayes Street where he turned east on Daly Ave. and was subsequently picked up by City Cameras. The operator is described as a white male with a long beard, wearing a black bandanna, black tank top, and green, possibly camouflage, shorts. The motorized bike is black in color and could potentially be operated by either peddling or with a small engine. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the male operator or who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Officer Brendan Schlegel at (610)997-7666 or bschlegel@bethlehem-pa.gov. The City of Bethlehem Police Department thanks you for any information you can provide.

Recently, the Bethlehem Police Department has been contacted by numerous city residents who reported having their mail stolen. BPD is working closely with the United States Postal Inspection Service on this issue. Please see the tips posted below on how to avoid becoming a victim of "mail fishing". Tips from the United States Postal Inspection Service on how to protect your mail from thieves: -Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier. -Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail. -If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately. -If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail. -Don’t send cash in the mail. -Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return. -Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector. -Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes (as well as homes). -Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

The Bethlehem Police Department is attempting to identify the two females pictured below. The females fraudulently purchased over $1,000 worth of cigarettes from various Wawas throughout the city utilizing other people's financial information. Please call our non-emergency number, 610-865-7187 or email PolicePublicInformation@bethlehem-pa.gov with any tips!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2018 CONTACT INFORMATION: Chief Mark A. DiLuzio Bethlehem Police Department 10 East Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610.865.7150 mdiluzio@bethlehem-pa.gov Each year, 7-Eleven, Inc. helps thousands of police officers recognize the good guys, specifically the young ones. For the 23nd year, 7-Eleven is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the country to distribute free Slurpee drink coupons through Operation Chill, its popular community service program. Big-city departments and small-town departments alike will issue Slurpee coupons to young people in their cities to reward them for good deeds, positive activities, and acts of kindness they do. “I would like to thank the 7-Eleven Corporation for this great program. Operation Chill strengthens relationships between our Police Officers and the young people in our City” said Mayor Robert Donchez “It is a program that is consistent with our department’s Mission Statement, values and Community Policing Philosophy. The program is well respected by kids and many Police Officers during the hot summer months. The Bethlehem Police Department is thankful to be included in this popular national community service program with 7-Eleven” said Mark DiLuzio, Chief of Police. Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven in Philadelphia to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months. Since 1995, approximately 21million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed by of law enforcement agencies to children. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2018 CONTACT INFORMATION: Chief Mark A. DiLuzio Bethlehem Police Department 10 East Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610.865.7150 mdiluzio@bethlehem-pa.gov BETHLEHEM POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVE SEVEN SEALS AWARD On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Bethlehem Police Department was presented with the “Seven Seals Award.” The “Seven Seals Award” is a Department of Defense Award presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative and support that assists employees who are National Guard and Reserve in their missions and deployments. The “Seven Seals Award” was presented by ESGR Representative Roslyn Schroeder to Mayor Robert Donchez and Chief of Police Mark DiLuzio. BPD Officer James Apgar, who nominated the City and has been deployed numerous times, was also present for the award. The Bethlehem Police Department currently has six of its Officers serving in National Guard and Reserve Units. Thank you Officer Apgar and his fellow Officers that serve our country when called upon and also serve the citizens of Bethlehem.

The City of Bethlehem Police Department would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the Lehigh Team of 6th Grade students at Nitschmann Middle School for hosting a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! Officers from our Patrol Division, Traffic Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Community Services Unit, Mounted Patrol Unit, and School Resource Officers spoke to the students about their job assignments and duties. The 6th Graders read messages and poems they wrote to the Officers of the Bethlehem Police Department and showed a video they made expressing their support. Thanks Nitschmann Middle School for a great event! #BacktheBlue #InPartnershipwithOurCommunity

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2018 CONTACT INFORMATION: Chief Mark A. DiLuzio Bethlehem Police Department 10 East Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610.865.7150 mdiluzio@bethlehem-pa.gov Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command Graduation Press Release Deputy Chief Todd W. Repsher has graduated from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety. The Bethlehem Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Deputy Chief Todd W. Repsher from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Deputy Chief Todd W. Repsher has successfully completed the ten (10) week Staff and Command program held in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, from October 9, 2017— February 16, 2018. This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 18,000 students both nationally and internationally. Deputy Chief Todd W. Repsher was a student in SPSC Class #426 which accommodated a total of 40 students for the ten week period. The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction and additional optional blocks during each session. The major topics of study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting and Resource Allocation. Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper that are all required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of 6 units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community. Since its inception, the Center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of Police Training, Management Training, and Executive Development. The Bethlehem Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from Deputy Chief Todd W. Repsher’s attendance at this program. Many of the program’s graduates do go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies. Congratulations Deputy Chief Repsher on this great achievement. I know from personally working with you on Special Operations, ERT, Investigation and other duties, that you will continue to serve the City of Bethlehem and Bethlehem Police Department with distinction and honor. Thank you for your continued dedication to the citizens of Bethlehem. Sincerely; Mark A. DiLuzio Chief of Police

Yesterday, the City of Bethlehem Police Department and the Lehigh University Police Department held the Grand Opening of the Joint Police Substation on South New Street. A Bethlehem Police Officer joined by a Lehigh University Police Officer will be conducting bicycle and foot patrols out of the new substation in the community and area businesses.

Be safe, be smart this holiday weekend! #DriveSober #StPatricksDay ☘️

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2018 CONTACT INFORMATION: Chief Mark DiLuzio / Captain Anthony Leardi Bethlehem Police Department 10 East Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610.865.7150 / 610.865.7187 mdiluzio@bethlehem-pa.gov / aleardi@bethlehem-pa.gov SIX ARRESTED BY BPD DETECTIVES IN ELDERLY SCAMS Over the past two weeks, Bethlehem Detectives have arrested (6) individuals for scamming and/or attempting to scam elderly victims out of cash totaling several thousands of dollars. These (6) individuals are only part of several ongoing investigations that BPD Detectives are working on with other law enforcement agencies along with Federal Authorities. With the arrest of two individuals last month by BPD Detectives, and these new six arrests, the total amount of cash scammed and/or attempted to be scammed is approximately $50,000.00. On February 20, 2018, an elderly victim in Arkansas received a call about his grandson being in an accident and being arrested for DUI. The caller stated that the grandson needed $5,000.00 for bail. The victim mailed the $5,000.00 to 517 Dakotah Street in Bethlehem, Northampton County, as directed. A few days later, the victim received another call indicating that the woman’s grandson hit a woman in a vehicular accident, the woman was pregnant and the baby died. The caller requested an additional $5,000.00 because of the seriousness of the new charges. The victim sent the cash to the address again. On February 24, 2018, the victim received another call requesting $2,000.00 for bail. The victim, at this time, contacted the Chicot County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas. Arkansas then contacted B.P.D. for follow-up on the case. 1-YAHAIRA DELCARMEN DIAZ age 32 213 George Street N Pottsville, Pa. 17901 2-VINCENT ANTH SORRENTINO age28 51 J Street Johnson, New York 13790 On March 12, 2018, an elderly victim in Texas received a call that the victim’s grandson was in an accident, he was arrested for DUI and needed $6,100.00 for bail. The victim was directed to send the cash by mail to 406 Pawnee Street, in Bethlehem, Northampton County. The elderly victim sent the cash to the address in Bethlehem. A few days later, another $14,000.00 was requested from the victim. The caller stated that the grandson hit a pregnant female and the baby died. The victim at this time contacted the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department who contacted B.P.D. The Suspects arrested were identified as: 1-REYNALDO J. GARCIA-MARTINEZ age27 456 E. 137th Street D Bronx, New York 10454 2-DARIEL ABREU-JOSE 195 Nagle Ave 5 New York, New York 10034 3-GUILLERMO FANJUL age 39 3235 Grand Concourse 3 O Bronx, New York 10468 4-CHRISTIAN P. SANTANA 111 W. Central Blvd 89 Palisade Park, New York 07650 All six of these individuals were charged by Detective Sean Molony with Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception (Felony) and committed to Northampton County Court pending court action. Charges are also being filed in Arkansas and Texas. Federal charges are also pending. These scams or frauds prey on the elderly citizens in our society. If you are elderly and you receive a call like this or any call requesting cash money, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department. If your loved one is in trouble somewhere, we can verify that for you. If you are a caregiver or family member taking care of someone elderly, and they receive a call like this, please contact the Bethlehem Police Department. Never send cash in the mail to anyone. If you need information on scams like these two, or other scams, contact Bethlehem Detective Sean Molony or our Crime Prevention Officer at 610-865-7187. Together, let’s put these predators that prey on our elderly in a prison where they belong. Mark DiLuzio #223 Chief of Police Anthony Leardi #266 Captain

Recently, two veteran Bethlehem Police Department Officers retired from the Bethlehem Police Department. Sgt. Jason Fulmer and Sgt. James Smith retired after 20 plus years of service to the citizens of Bethlehem. I had the honor and personal pleasure of working with each of them as a fellow Detective and also as their Supervisor in the Criminal Investigation Division. Both Sgt. Fulmer and Sgt. Smith investigated every type of case, from Homicides to petty thefts that occurred in the City. No case was too big or too small or not important enough for them to handle. To Jason and Jim……Congratulation on a job well done. I wish you luck in whatever you do next. Thank you for your service and dedication to the citizens of Bethlehem. Good luck and good health. Mark DiLuzio Chief of Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE March 9, 2018 CONTACT INFORMATION: Chief Mark DiLuzio / Captain Anthony Leardi Bethlehem Police Department 10 East Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610.865.7150 / 610.865.7187 mdiluzio@bethlehem-pa.gov / aleardi@bethlehem-pa.gov NORTHEAST MIDDLE SCHOOL THREAT On the evening of March 8 2017, the Bethlehem Police Department and Bethlehem Area School District was made aware of some additional threatening language posted on a social media site. The language posted referenced Tuesday’s incident which concerned a threat against Northeast Middle School. Bethlehem Police Detectives, School Resource Officers and Bethlehem School District Personnel are presently conducting an investigation into the source of this new social media post and also Tuesday’s social media posts. This morning, when students came to school, there were extra police patrols at the school as a precaution. Through investigation, Detectives were able to track the threatening posts to a residence in another state and several juveniles, ages 10-12 years old. At this point in the investigation, we believe that these posted threats were meant to disrupt school operations and are not likely credible. As in every case of threats, as a precaution, and to ease parent’s stress, police patrols will be around the school throughout the day. The SRO Officer at the school, SRO Officer Sam Elias, is aware of the investigation and is speaking with staff and students. In addition, it should be noted that, the young male juvenile’s profile picture that was attached to the threatening post in question is not involved in any manner whatsoever. He was fully investigated and found to have NO CONNECTION TO THE EVENT AT ALL. The Bethlehem Police Department and the Bethlehem Area School District take ALL threats of any type, any level of credibility, against any school or student or staff member very seriously. The safety of your children and our schools are our first priority. Any individual, whether juvenile or adult in age, who makes or posts a threat of any type, against any BASD school will be identified and criminal charges filed accordingly. Anyone having any information relative to this incident or any other incident involving a BASD School, please contact Bethlehem Police Detectives at 610-865-7187. There is no additional information to be released at this time. MAD223 ACL266

Snow Emergency lifted as of 7pm tonight.

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PRESS RELEASE March 8, 2018 CONTACT INFORMATION: Chief Mark DiLuzio Bethlehem Police Department 10 East Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610.865.7150 / 610.865.7187 mdiluzio@bethlehem-pa.gov *SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTE REMINDER* The City of Bethlehem is presently under a Snow Emergency. As a reminder, please do not park on any posted Snow Emergency Routes within the City of Bethlehem. If you do, your vehicle will be ticketed and towed from the Snow Emergency Route. Heavy snow is expected this afternoon and road conditions are expected to get nasty. We are asking for your cooperation in keeping these Snow Emergency Routes clear. Bethlehem Parking Authority garages at North Street, New Street and Walnut Street are open to accommodate your parking needs. Thank you. Mark DiLuzio Chief of Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE March 6, 2018 CHARGES FILED IN 2017 MURDER IN BETHLEHEM On February 8, 2017, at 1:43 am, Bethlehem Police Officers responded to a report of what sounded like gunshots in the area of the 700 block of Fiot Street, Bethlehem, Northampton County. Approximately a half hour later, a citizen reported a person lying at the intersection of Sioux Street and Sassafras Street. When Patrol Officers arrived, they found a female, later identified as Teayahe Mih-Luv Glover, age 19, deceased. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek ruled the death a Homicide and cause of death Multiple Gunshot Wounds. Bethlehem Police Detective Chris Beebe was assigned this homicide investigation. This homicide was carefully and thoroughly investigated by Bethlehem Detectives and the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation was heard before a Northampton County Investigating Grand Jury and on March 5, 2018, two criminal complaints based upon the Grand Jury Presentment, were received by Detective Beebe for charges of Criminal Homicide and Criminal Conspiracy. The two individuals being charged in the Criminal Homicide of Teayahe Mih-Luv Glover are: KASHEEM ABDULLAH AIKEN aka “CALI” Age 36 923 ½ Ferry Street, Easton, PA 18042 XAVIER SHELDON SNYDER aka “X” Age 18 353 N. Prospect Street Washington, NJ 07882 KASHEEM ABDULLAH AIKEN is currently in Northampton County Prison. AIKEN was arrested last night by Bethlehem Detectives and Colonial Regional Police Officers at the Northampton Crossings Shopping Center on Route 248. AIKEN was subsequently arraigned before the Northampton County Duty Magistrate and committed to Northampton County Prison. XAVIER SHELDON SNYDER will be arraigned shortly. This homicide was a retaliatory gang killing that was related to an Attempted Homicide that occurred on February 2, 2017 at 526 Cherokee Street. This investigation and subsequent arrests illustrate the dangers of criminal street gangs and the violence associated with these groups. I would like to thank all the Bethlehem Detectives, Officers, especially Detective Chris Beebe, ADA William Blake, DA John Morganelli and the Northampton County Investigating Grand Jury for their patience and thoroughness in hearing all the facts in this investigation and presentment. Thank you all for a job well done and for justice being served. Mark DiLuzio Chief of Police

For Immediate Release – March 6 2018 Media Contact: Mike Alkhal, P.E, Director of Public Works – 484-357-7131 City of Bethlehem Declares Snow Emergency – Effective 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 ​City of Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez declared a snow emergency in Bethlehem effective 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 to allow plowing of snow to the curb on designated City Emergency Routes/Streets. ​All vehicles need to be removed from the designated/signed side of streets on Bethlehem snow emergency routes by 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Vehicles not removed will be towed to allow for plowing. ​One side of a snow emergency route is plowed at a time. Residents should check the signs posted along snow emergency routes to determine which side of the street – the even or odd -- will be cleared first. ​Residents needing immediate assistance while the snow emergency declaration is in effect should call our activated 24 hour phone numbers 610-865-7115 or 610-865-7116. ​The Bethlehem Parking Authority also announced that the North Street, New Street and Walnut Street public parking garages, and street meters, will be free of charge beginning 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to accommodate parking needs. Vehicles must be removed from these locations within 4 hours of the City declaring an end to the snow emergency or they will be charged to exit. Residents are asked not to park on public parking lots due to the need to plow these lots. ​“We understand that moving vehicles can be an inconvenience,” Mayor Donchez said, “but the removal of cars from snow emergency routes will allow for plowing of the street, to the curb, freeing up valuable parking along emergency routes.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE March 6, 2018 CONTACT INFORMATION: Chief Mark DiLuzio / Captain Anthony Leardi Bethlehem Police Department 10 East Church Street Bethlehem, PA 18018 610.865.7150 / 610.865.7187 mdiluzio@bethlehem-pa.gov / aleardi@bethlehem-pa.gov SCHOOL THREAT INVESTIGATION Early this morning, the Bethlehem Police Department was made aware of some threatening language on a social media site. The threats were posted on Instagram. The language concerned a threat against Northeast Middle School. Bethlehem Police Detectives, School Resource Officers and Bethlehem School District Personnel are presently conducting an investigation into the source of these social media posts. Detectives and School Resource Officers will be interviewing individuals and the Bethlehem Police Computer Crimes Unit will be conducting searches of social media sites to ascertain the source of these posts. There will be extra police patrols at this school during the day today. The school is open for business as usual. The Bethlehem Police Department and the Bethlehem Area School District take all threats of any type against any school or student or staff member very seriously. The safety of your children is our first priority. This is a criminal investigation and when a suspect is identified, criminal charges will be filed accordingly. Anyone having any information relative to this incident or the source of the posts, please contact Bethlehem Police Detectives at 610-865-7187 There is no additional information to be released at this time.

***Public Service Message from Bethlehem Emergency Management and Bethlehem Police on power outages in the City of Bethlehem*** There are 9 areas of the City of Bethlehem still without power affecting 182 electric customers. The areas still without power are located north of the Lehigh River and according to PPL representatives, most of the City of Bethlehem will have power restored tonight. Listed below is the PPL OUTAGE MAP SITE. https://omap.prod.pplweb.com/OMAP

*Public Service Message from Bethlehem Emergency Management and Bethlehem Police on power outages in the City of Bethlehem. There are 9 areas of the City of Bethlehem still without power affecting 182 electric customers. The areas still without power are located north of the Lehigh River and according to PPL representatives, most of the City of Bethlehem will have power restored tonight. Listed below is the PPL OUTAGE MAP SITE. https://omap.prod.pplweb.com/OMAP

The Bethlehem Police Department is attempting to ID the male pictured below. He was involved in an incident at the WaWa located on 8th Ave. The pictured vehicle is the vehicle the male left the location in. Please contact us at 610-865-7187 or at PolicePublicInformation@bethlehem-pa.gov if you can identify this male. Thank you!

On 3/1/2018 a theft occurred at the Cricket Wireless Store located on E. 3rd Street here in the City. Our department is attempting to identify the two individuals pictured below. Please call, email, or direct message us if you have any information that can help us identify them. Our non emergency number is 610-865-7187. Our email is PolicePublicInformation@bethlehem-pa.gov

On February 28th, Officer Michael Shaw presented six Northeast Middle School students with brand new skateboard decks. Students were chosen by Northeast School Resource Officer Sam Elias who knew they were avid skateboarders. Officer Elias had the students write essays explaining why they should get one. Officer Shaw, a skateboarder himself, arranged for donations through a contact of his at Live Fit Apparel in California. Live Fit Apparel donated the decks at no cost. Officer Shaw also arranged for grip tape to be applied by Homebase Skate Shop here in Bethlehem on all the boards free of charge. Thank you goes out to LIVE FIT., Homebase Skateshop, and Officer Shaw for making this happen!

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