Robbery suspect stipulates charges
A Philadelphia man who was arrested and charged with robbery after he allegedly stole funds from a PNC Bank in Abington Aug. 10 agreed to stipulate charges at a district court Aug. 22.
$DURn ..0. TKRPDV, 47, of the 100 block of North 54th Street, was charged with robbery and related offenses after witnesses observed him enter the PNC Bank on the 100 block Old York Road, at 11:15 a.m., place a plastic bag on the counter and demand the bag WR EH fiOOHG, SROLFH VDLG.
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.
Thomas lead police on a long chase through the city, police said.
The Range Rover entered the Roosevelt Expressway at Broad Street and then exited at Fox Street, striking an Abington K-9 vehicle that was called to assist in the chase, police said.
The Range Rover proceeded t hrough a r ed t r affic l i ght at t he i nt ersection of 1Tth and Oxford streets, when it was struck by another vehicle and collided with the pursuing pol i ce vehicle and a l i ght pole, police s aid.
Witnesses observed Thomas get out t he vehicle and r un with the bag of money in his hand, police s aid. Abington officers arr ested him a s hort dist ance from t he scene of t he accident, police said.
Later, Thomas g a v e a writ t e n s t a t e ment a d mitt i n g h e was the suspect that robbed t h e PNC b a n k , p o l i c e said.
Abington Detective Sgt. Steve Fink said that Thomas agreed t o a s t i pulation hearing, meaning he agreed to waive his right to have a hearing at t he prelimi nary l evel.
“A [ s t i pulation heari ng] j ust proves t hat, more or l ess, t he [ defiant] was i nvolved i n i ncident,” he s aid.
Fink said because r obbery i s a f ederal off ense, t he FBI will pro- ceed with the case.
Abington Deputy Chief John Livingood s aid t here i s a s t r ong possibility t hat Thomas has been involved in a number of r obberies, but currently he is only being charged with the r obbery t hat t ook place Aug. 10.
Thomas’s mains at Fink said.
Thomas was t r ansported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. His f ormal arraignment i s s et f or Oct. 10 at the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. bail r e$500,000,
A severe car crash involving a SEPTA bus left a man in critical condition Wednesday morning, according to Jenkintown police.
Michael Breier, 8T, of Huntingdon Valley, was seriously injured in the accident, but is expected to survive, Jenkintown police Chief Albert DiValentino said Wednesday afternoon.
Jenkintown police were dispatched to an accident that took place at Rydal and York roads in Jenkintown at 10:45 a.m., DiValentino said.
Breier, who was operating a Mazda, was making a left turn onto Rydal Road from York Road against a red arrow, when the passenger side of the vehicle was struck by a SEPTA bus, which was northbound on York Road, DiValentino said. The bus driver was unable to avoid Breier’s vehicle, he said.
DiValentino said Breier was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital by Second Alarmer’s where he is being treated in the trauma unit.
“Currently, no other injuries were reported,” DiValentino said, referring to others involved in the accident.