Bank robbery leads to chase
A Philadelphia man arrested and charged with robbery Aug 10 after he allegedly stole money from the PNC Bank in Abington and then lead police through a long chase through the city.
Aaron K.M. Thomas, 47, of the 100 block of North 54th Street, was charged with robbery and related offenses after witnesses observed him enter the PNC Bank, 123 Old York Road, at 11:15 a.m., place a plas- tic bag on the counter and demand money, police said.
A teller put the money in the bag, and then Thomas left the bank and drove off in a dark-colored Range Rover, police said.
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The Range Rover entered the Roosevelt Expressway at Broad Street and then exited at Fox Street, purposefully striking an Abington K-9 vehicle that was called to assist in the chase, police said. No one was injured, police said.
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The money stolen from the bank was recovered, and the Thomas was transported to the Abington Police Department, police said.
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Thomas was arraigned by District Judge Juanita Price, who set bail at $500,000 cash, police said. He was sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of posting bail. A preliminary hearing is set Aug. 20 at 10 a.m.