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Cops: Thief’s backpack had purses, drugs, laptops and a bottle of brandy

A witness called officers after seeing a man breaking into a car in Macungie, police said.

A thief spotted breaking into a car in Macungie was caught soon after with the hel…

Charge dropped for man accused of pistol-whipping of neighbor

One of the counts of aggravated assault was dropped by prosecutors, but he still faces another count of the same offense.

A man accused of pistol-whipping a neighbor now fac…

Man pistol-whipped neighbor before Alburtis standoff, cops say

The victim reported his neighbor ran toward his car with a pointed handgun, and the victim then drew his own handgun, police said.

A man reported his neighbor charged at him with…

Man pistol-whipped neighbor before Alburtis standoff, cops say

The victim reported his neighbor ran toward his car with a pointed handgun, and the victim then drew his own handgun, police said.

A man reported his neighbor charged at him with…

Standoff ends hours after man assaults neighbor, police say

A police sergeant who knew the suspect says he helped talk the man into surrendering.

A standoff that began Wednesday night in Lehigh County after neighbors argued stretched into…

Woman who faked cancer diagnosis stole from fiance, his parents, cops say

Kimberly Gerlach forged doctors’ notes to get house arrest in two theft cases. Now she is in Lehigh County Jail in a forgery case.

A woman who claimed she had bladder cancer, and forged doctor’s notes to try and get house arrest, is back in jail.

kimberyl gerlachKimberly Gerlach (Image via Facebook) 

Kimberly Gerlach is accused of stealing money from her fiance and his parents, via fake checks and a fake credit card, earlier this year.

The 50-year-old Gerlach was arrested last week and is charged with forgery, access device fraud, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, and identity theft.

Gerlach, of the 400 block of North Third Street in Emmaus, was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing is next week; an attorney has not entered an appearance for her yet.

Gerlach’s former fiance, Scott Howerter, has a joint checking account with his mother, and was notified in June of a $3,000 deposited check that was denied. The check was issued from his mother’s credit card and made payable to him, as was a similar check for $1,000, police said.

The signatures on both checks were not his, and Howerter had not authorized anyone to sign his name, police said.

Howerter confronted Gerlach about the checks, and learned she had a credit card issued in his father’s name, but that was signed on the back with Gerlach’s name, according to police.

The father’s power of attorney learned the card was opened on May 18 and had a balance of $830, but that several purchases had also been denied after calls were made to confirm the purchases.

A photo from the bank shows Gerlach depositing the $3,000 check that was later denied, police said.

Efforts to reach Howerter were unsuccessful.

New cancer and a GoFundMe campaign

In 2011, Gerlach, who lived in Alburtis at the time, was granted work release while serving an 18-month to almost 5-year sentence in Northampton County Prison for two theft cases.

Gerlach asked to be furloughed or placed on house arrest because of a long list of claimed medical problems, including bladder cancer, emphysema and two strokes. The woman provided doctor’s notes confirming the diagnoses, but they were forged notes.

Prosecutors only learned the paperwork was a ruse after Gerlach threatened legal action over her health concerns, and county prison officials began to investigate her claims.

Gerlach was sentenced to one to two years in state prison for perjury and forgery, in addition to the time for her theft cases.

‘Sick’ inmate gets more time for forged doctor notes

Records show Gerlach was paroled in July 2014.

A year later, Gerlach created a GoFundMe page that states she was diagnosed in April 2015 with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. The last update, from four months ago, says Gerlach had a hysterectomy for ovarian and cervical cancer.

The fund has raised $2,455 of the $5,000 goal.

Lehigh County Director Corrections Ed Sweeney said the jail does not disclose any medical information for any detainee.

Gerlach’s Facebook page, where she listed she was engaged to Howerter and detailed her reported illnesses, is no longer active.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Woman who faked cancer diagnosis stole from fiance, his parents, cops say

Kimberly Gerlach forged doctors’ notes to get house arrest in two theft cases. Now she is in Lehigh County Jail in a forgery case.

A woman who claimed she had bladder cancer, and forged doctor’s notes to try and get house arrest, is back in jail.

kimberyl gerlachKimberly Gerlach (Image via Facebook) 

Kimberly Gerlach is accused of stealing money from her fiance and his parents, via fake checks and a fake credit card, earlier this year.

The 50-year-old Gerlach was arrested last week and is charged with forgery, access device fraud, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, and identity theft.

Gerlach, of the 400 block of North Third Street in Emmaus, was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing is next week; an attorney has not entered an appearance for her yet.

Gerlach’s former fiance, Scott Howerter, has a joint checking account with his mother, and was notified in June of a $3,000 deposited check that was denied. The check was issued from his mother’s credit card and made payable to him, as was a similar check for $1,000, police said.

The signatures on both checks were not his, and Howerter had not authorized anyone to sign his name, police said.

Howerter confronted Gerlach about the checks, and learned she had a credit card issued in his father’s name, but that was signed on the back with Gerlach’s name, according to police.

The father’s power of attorney learned the card was opened on May 18 and had a balance of $830, but that several purchases had also been denied after calls were made to confirm the purchases.

A photo from the bank shows Gerlach depositing the $3,000 check that was later denied, police said.

Efforts to reach Howerter were unsuccessful.

New cancer and a GoFundMe campaign

In 2011, Gerlach, who lived in Alburtis at the time, was granted work release while serving an 18-month to almost 5-year sentence in Northampton County Prison for two theft cases.

Gerlach asked to be furloughed or placed on house arrest because of a long list of claimed medical problems, including bladder cancer, emphysema and two strokes. The woman provided doctor’s notes confirming the diagnoses, but they were forged notes.

Prosecutors only learned the paperwork was a ruse after Gerlach threatened legal action over her health concerns, and county prison officials began to investigate her claims.

Gerlach was sentenced to one to two years in state prison for perjury and forgery, in addition to the time for her theft cases.

‘Sick’ inmate gets more time for forged doctor notes

Records show Gerlach was paroled in July 2014.

A year later, Gerlach created a GoFundMe page that states she was diagnosed in April 2015 with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. The last update, from four months ago, says Gerlach had a hysterectomy for ovarian and cervical cancer.

The fund has raised $2,455 of the $5,000 goal.

Lehigh County Director Corrections Ed Sweeney said the jail does not disclose any medical information for any detainee.

Gerlach’s Facebook page, where she listed she was engaged to Howerter and detailed her reported illnesses, is no longer active.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Man allegedly attacks girlfriend on ride from police barracks

The 37-year-old Lehigh County man is accused of beating the woman on the side of the road, and then taking off in her car, police said.

A man attacked his girlfriend as she was g…

Bullet goes through window in Lower Macungie Township home

No one is hurt in the 10:45 p.m. Friday shooting.

Someone fired a single gunshot Friday night through the front window of a home in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania Sta…

Alburtis man allegedly exposes himself to neighbors

The man was previously convicted of harassment of his neighbors, police say.

An Alburtis man is accused of flashing his neighbors.Lehighvalleylive.com file photo 
An Alburti…