I didn't take a photo of this particular house at 218 E. Market, but I easily could have:
Here's the listing.
You are perhaps wondering: What's so special about this house, and why is the PB going on about it so mysteriously?
On Sunday afternoon, June 20 — just a week before we took our envious little photography tour, after checking out of our inn, a couple of blocks away — the owners were robbed and terrorized in an armed home invasion:
Two men have had new charges filed in the Sunday home invasion in historic downtown Bethlehem that police say was a random choice by the two suspects.Numerous charges, including robbery and kidnapping, were filed Friday afternoon against Jeremiah Nieves, 24, and Luis Nestor Martinez, 26. The men were captured in Allentown after police tracked a GPS signal from a car stolen during the heist. Nieves was shot at an Allentown officer during the arrest, a shooting authorities have said appears justified.Bethlehem police said when the men broke into the home at 218 E. Market St. on Sunday afternoon, they were wearing masks, gloves and carried a firearm and another unidentified weapon.The homeowners – who were not identified by police – were bound with wire ties, duct tape and dog chains and put in separate areas of the basement. The male homeowner was assaulted by one of the men who poured a chemical over his head and sprayed him in the eyes with an unidentified substance.
One listing for the house mentions a "sophisticated security system." Now I understand why our inn had one, too. When I grew up nearby, people didn't always lock their doors... blah, blah, blah.Police said the alleged robbers stole jewelry, laptop computers, cash, bank cards and the couple's Lexus. It took the bound couple nearly three hours to free themselves. Police said the men used the couple's stolen bank cards to withdraw $1,000 in cash at two area banks.Nieves and Martinez will be arraigned on charges of robbery, kidnapping, burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint, theft, receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of crime, illegal weapons and access device fraud.The home at 218 E. Market St. is owned by attorney James H. Lutz and his wife, Petrina Calantoni, according to property records. Police have not identified the homeowners.According to court documents and police:As the men fled in a car stolen during the robbery, police were able to track them by the car's GPS signal.After Allentown police spotted the car parked on a street corner, Nieves and Martinez fled. Niieves pulled out a handgun from his waistband and racked the slide.Nieves was shot by Allentown police Officer Ryan Koons and remains in St. Luke's Hospital Fountain-Hill.As police re-traced the route taken by the men as they fled, they found several stolen items, including jewelry, a laptop computer and a Wii gaming system and several game cartridges.Nieves' bail has been set at $1 million for charges in Lehigh County including aggravated assault on police, various weapons offenses, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.Martinez is being held in Lehigh County Prison under $750,000 bail.Police said both men have unknown addresses.Copyright © 2010, The Morning Call
I've suddenly stopped feeling so envious of everybody living on Market Street, not an easy habit to break since it began when I was about 11. How sad to be driven from your home by a couple of thugs.