Two men charged with theft from businesses

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Two men have been charged in connection with thefts at Bristol Township businesses that occurred last month, according to police.

On Monday, May 13, Bristol Township Police responded to two reports of theft involving a U-Haul truck. Both incidents are said to have occurred the previous day.

Officers were dispatched to Bristol Rolling Door on Hartel Street at 1.12pm.

The complainant reported that a U-Haul truck had arrived at the property, a suspect had cut the cable wire securing the driveway, and two men had stolen numerous steel pipes stacked on the side, police said.

The complainant provided an officer with video footage of a white GMC box truck, owned by U-Haul, that was occupied by two men, later identified as Tommie Gadlin III, 53, and Kristofer Aaron Hawk, 32, both of Bristol.

The video showed the truck arriving at 12:45 p.m. and crashing into the back of the neighboring business. One suspect exited the vehicle with a bolt or wire cutter and cut the cable fence at the rear entrance. The truck left briefly and returned at 1:26 p.m., at which point both suspects loaded the pipes into the U-Haul. The truck left the building at 1:32 p.m., police said.

The estimated loss and damage to the business was approximately $7,000, with the value of some items still undetermined, police said.

On May 13 at 2:26 p.m., police were called to Bristol Rolling Door on Hardy Street for a report of theft, police said.

A man reported that the same U-Haul truck arrived around 1 a.m. on May 12, drove to the rear of the property and stopped briefly behind parked tractor-trailers. The truck took off when a tractor-trailer arrived. At 7:56 a.m., the box truck returned and the suspects were seen loading truck drums from the rear of the building, police said.

The stolen items from the second business were valued at about $6,300, police said.

Police contacted a U-Haul employee, who confirmed the truck’s rental information and said it was rented from a company in Bensalem Township, according to authorities.

During the investigation, police identified the suspects as Gadlin and Hawk while reviewing video footage.

Gadlin and Hawk were charged last week with a number of crimes, including theft by unlawful taking, conspiracy to commit theft, receiving stolen property, defiant trespass and possessing an instrument of crime with intent. Hawk was also charged with offenses related to driving without a license.

Hawk had a warrant out for his arrest as of Tuesday, while Gadlin was preliminarily arraigned by District Judge Kevin Wagner and held on 10 percent bail of $100,000.

According to court documents, Gadlin is a suspect in a separate drug-related case in the township.

Editor’s Note: All persons arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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