Police say Treu took the Berks woman’s SUV and bought cigarettes
September 14 – On August 1, a resident of the Pinewood development in Carnarvon Township woke up to find her 2017 Ford Explorer missing from her driveway.
She also discovered that her credit card she had left in the car had been used twice earlier that morning. The purchases were made in Redding and totaled about $75 at the Wawa store in the 400 block of Lancaster Street.
On the same day, Caernarvon Police also received a report from another Pinewood resident. He told police the credit card was stolen from his unlocked car and used multiple times for purchases at the same Wawa store as well as a nearby McDonald’s and a Speedway gas station on Lancaster Avenue.
The unauthorized transactions continued throughout the morning: at the Wawa store on North 11th Street in Northeast Redding, at the Wawa on Route 422 and Maplewood Drive in Amity Township, at Lowe’s on Route 724 in Spring Township and at various Napa store locations. Nearly $1,400 in total charges were recorded.
Detective Cpl. Chad Eberly took over the investigation from the patrolman who initially investigated.
According to criminal complaints:
Eberly learned that the patrolman had found video from the town maintenance garage in the Pinewood development. The footage showed two men moving property to property on foot while a black Fiat followed them.
The investigator viewed the victim’s transaction history on August 1 from the Wawa on Lancaster Avenue as well as footage from the store’s security camera system. It showed a black Fiat pulling into the lot along with a white Ford Explorer matching the SUV stolen from Pinewood.
A man later identified as Timothy S. Blair Jr., 25, got out of the Explorer around 4:20 a.m. and used the owner’s credit card at the gas pump.
The Fiat was occupied by a woman and a man who were later identified as Holly C. Reichardt, 55, and Tyreek J. Fields, 31, respectively.
The footage showed Richardt purchasing food and cigarettes from the store using the victim’s credit card.
The footage also showed Reichardt handing the second victim’s credit card to Blair, who used it to buy more food and cigarettes.
The footage also showed Blair and Reichardt using the second speedway victim’s credit card to purchase packs of cigarettes.
Footage from Lowe’s in Amity Township showed Blair using the second victim’s credit card in an attempt to purchase tools. transaction declined.
Investigators learned that the Fiat was registered to Reichardt.
Eberly learned that Reichardt had hooked up with Fields, her boyfriend, and Blair.
A check of police records showed that a Caernarvon Township police officer had previously encountered the trio at the Hollywood Morgantown Casino in the township. They were using a black Fiat.
After comparing the officer’s body camera footage of his encounter with Blair to footage of the male suspect using the victims’ credit cards, Eberly identified him as being involved in the Explorer theft and fraudulent credit card purchases.
Blair, who lived in Hamburg and Reading but currently has no permanent address, was arrested on Sunday.
He was lodged in the Berks County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail pending a post-arraignment hearing before District Judge Alvin B. Robinson in Reading Central Court. He had not posted bail as of Thursday afternoon.
Blair faces charges of auto theft, conspiracy to obtain stolen property and several counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft.
Reichart and Fields, both from Reading, have been charged with similar crimes, but remain at large.