DNA lifted from an open bottle of Sminoff Ice discovered following a burglary led to the arrest of an Easton man in the break-in, according to police.
The burglary last Sept. 8 was the first of four break-ins at DeLorenzo’s Restaurant, 3417 Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.
The suspect, 32-year-old Maurice A. Greene, of the first block of North Sixth Street, has now been charged in three of the four burglaries.
Greene was also charged this week in another Forks Township burglary, that one last Sept. 6 at a home in the 400 block of Heather Lane.
Greene was originally arrested Sept. 28 for burglarizing DeLorezo’s earlier that day. He pleaded no contest to burglary and was sentenced Dec. 20 to 75 days to 23 months in prison, including time served, followed by a year’s probation, court records show.
DeLorenzo’s was burglarized again Feb. 1, and Greene was returned to Northampton County Prison. He faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass and attempted theft in that break-in and has a hearing scheduled Monday in county court.
The fourth burglary at DeLorenzo’s occurred Sept. 24. Greene was not charged in that one.
He was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Jacqueline Taschner in the Sept. 8 burglary at DeLorenzo’s and Sept. 6 Heather Lane burglary on two counts each of burglary, criminal trespass and theft, in addition to single counts of criminal mischief and receiving stolen property.
Taschner ordered Greene held in the county prison in lieu of a combined $150,000 bail and tentatively scheduled preliminary hearings in both cases for Aug. 9 in her courtroom.
Forks police investigating the Sept. 8 burglary at DeLorenzo’s said $1,319 in liquor was stolen, along with $433. In addition, Greene allegedly caused nearly $100 in damage to the restaurant’s point-of-sale system.
Police noticed the half-emptied bottle of Smirnoff Ice on the bar and…