Bank rob­bery leads to chase

Glenside News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

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.

$n $ELnJWRn SROLFH RI­fiFHU VDZ the ve­hi­cle and at­tempted to stop it, EuW WKH YHKLFOH flHd Dnd OHd SROLFH Rn a chase through var­i­ous sec­tions of Philadel­phia, po­lice said.

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.

The Range Rover went through D UHd WUDI­fiF OLJKW DW WKH LnWHUVHFWLRn of 17th and Ox­ford streets, where it was struck by a ve­hi­cle and then col­lided with the pur­su­ing po­lice ve­hi­cle and a light pole, po­lice said.

Wit­nesses ob­served Thomas get out the ve­hi­cle and run with the bag of money in his hand, po­lice said. $ELnJWRn RI­fiFHUV DUUHVWHd KLP D short dis­tance from the scene of the ac­ci­dent, po­lice said.

The money stolen from the bank was re­cov­ered, and the Thomas was trans­ported to the Abing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment, po­lice said.

7KH RI­fiFHU ZKR KDd SuUVuHd WKH Range Rover was trans­ported to Hah­ne­mann Hospi­tal, where was treated for mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said.

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.

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