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Fern Ridge State Police report on incidents

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks reported on several incidents:

• A 36-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both from Albrightsville, were cited for harassment after police were summoned to an incident at 8:37 p.m. July 9 along Lipo Way in Penn Forest Township.

Police said they were involved in a verbal argument that became physical.

• Police were summoned to 2615 Route 903, Penn Forest Township, at 10:22 a.m. March 18 when they received a report of a man being denied the right to purchase a handgun.

Police said Keith Formisano entered the Eastern Arms building attempting to buy the gun and completed the necessary paperwork for the sale. They said a store employee conducted a background check of Formisano through the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, which flagged his name.

• A Monroe County business has been cited for multiple false alarms.

Troopers responded to the ACE Hardware store at 1471 Route 209, in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township, on July 30 at 5:15 p.m. for an alarm. The business was functioning as normal. This was the fourth alarm since the business was previously cited in April for a false alarm. Troopers said the business will be cited again.

• Birdell Brockington, 23, of Allentown, is facing theft charges for allegedly stealing an Apple iPhone 11 from an Albrightsville woman.

The 53-year-old victim reported to police June 25 that Brockington stole the phone from a location at the intersection at North Shore Drive in the Indian Mountain Lakes development in Penn Forest Township.

The phone is valued at $1,000.

• Police were summoned to a business at Routes 209 and 715 in Chestnuthill Township at 10:11 a.m. July 19 to investigate threats made against an 18-year-old woman from Brodheadsville.

Police said an older man wearing a blue T-shirt, khaki shorts and white sneakers, with a gray beard, was harassing the woman through the use of racial slurs, threatening to cause harm to her.

• Two Saylorsburg women are the victims of theft by deception incidents. Police said they were told between noon March 1 and 11:35 a.m. June 26, the women were deceived by a deception scam targeting prospective employees and both incurred financial losses due to the criminal activity.

• Police charged a 20-year-old Lehighton man for theft of leased property and receiving stolen property after he failed to return a chain saw he rented from West End Rental, 1554 Route 209, Chestnuthill Township.

Police said the man rented the Stihl chain saw at 8 a.m. July 6. The business reported at 1:30 p.m. July 10 that the saw had not been returned. Police said the unnamed suspect was contacted several times about returning the saw but has failed to do so.

• Police are investigating a theft by deception attempt that was made at 5:11 p.m. July 17 at the Verizon store, 1546 Route 209, Chestnuthill Township.

Police said they were told the details of an attempted fraudulent cellphone purchase by a woman who store employees said entered the store with an ID from Missouri and tried to buy the phone on an account in that state.

Police said the store employee recognized the woman from a previous encounter at another store where she attempted to purchase a phone under a different name and the woman left the store without any purchase or transaction taking place.

• A 55-year-old Saylorsburg woman reported at 11:31 a.m. July 18 that someone stole her Pennsylvania registration plate (ZFW8452).

Police said the woman learned the plate was stolen when she received a bill from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission after the plate was used on a vehicle that passed through an interchange tool booth.

She said she does not know when the plate was stolen nor from where it was taken.

• On Aug. 1 at 8:18 p.m. troopers were dispatched to the ShopRite store located at 107 Kinsley Drive, Brodheadsville, in Chestnuthill Township, for a report of a retail theft. On scene troopers were told about $550 in merchandise was taken. A 58-year-old female from Blakeslee, who troopers did not identify, was charged.