LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A 34-year-old Philadelphia man, who alleged stole $1,610 in electrical conduit and wire from the Home Depot store on Armand Hammer Boulevard, is the subject of an arrest warrant obtained by the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, it said Tuesday (May 22, 2023).
Douglas A. Montealegre faces a felony charge of retail theft by under-ring following the department’s investigation of an incident it said occurred during September 2022, according to available records. Its notice did not include an explanation of the time elapsed between the alleged theft and issuance of the warrant by Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.
Records show Montealegre had been scheduled to appear Tuesday in Kropp’s Pottstown courtroom for a preliminary hearing that was since been postponed.
The department alleges Montealegre, while in the store, “selected 250 feet of wire and 250 feet of conduit and a drill bit.” He reportedly “paid for the drill bit, but nothing else and left the store.”
The store’s $1610 loss was the estimated value of the wire and conduit, police indicated. The report did not indicate how he successfully left the store with the items.
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