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Charged with stealing iPhones from Wal-Mart

Published November 11. 2011 05:02PM

A Rush Township man was arrested and charged with stealing 13 iPhones from Wal-Mart in Mahoning Township. The phones are valued at $8,254 ($599 per phone).

Frederick Postie, of the 600 block of Fairview Street, was arrested at his residence.

He was transported to the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford and arraigned on the charges.

He was remanded to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.

Chief of Police Kenneth Barnes of Mahoning Township said the theft occurred at about 2:04 a.m. on July 22.

According to township police the incident occurred on July 22, at about 2:04 a.m.

The theft alleged was a smash-and-grab in the middle of the night at the Wal-Mart store along SR443 in Mahoning Township

At the time, Barnes said a white male, believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s, broke into an electronics cabinet and stole the Apple brand iPhones.

Barnes said the male left the store by the Lawn and Garden area and entered a red Chevrolet Blazer.

The theft was reportedly caught by a surveillance camera and photos were issued to the news media by the Mahoning Township Police Department.

As a result, MTPD received numerous calls from individuals identifying the male suspect, said Barnes.

Police said Postie was contacted on at least two occasions, advised of the warrant, and was being given an opportunity to voluntarily surrender himself but he chose not to.

Last night, the investigating Mahoning Township officer teamed and officers from Rush Township and McAdoo Borough went to Postie's home and placed him under arrest.

A preliminary hearing is teantatively scheduled of Nov. 16 before Distruct Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

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