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Is Emmaus Prone to Bank Robberies?

Thursday’s Sovereign Bank robbery was the fifth Emmaus heist in a year.

From July 2010 through this month, Emmaus has had five bank robberies.

The latest happened Thursday morning when a gunman wearing a ski mask and goggles  on Chestnut Street.

As of this morning, no arrests have been made, according to .

The same  was robbed on July 2, 2010. And yesterday’s robbery came seven months after the  on Main Street in Emmaus that involved a shoot-out with police.

In total, there were four bank robberies in Emmaus in 2010: 

Yesterday’s robbery was the first bank robbery in Emmaus in 2011. But Gene Renninger, 83, who has lived in Emmaus for 20 years, said it won’t be the last.

"There is more crime, and there will be more and more,” he said. “There are too many people out of work. It's going to get worse."

Is it that simple? Are these bank robberies a sign of the times?

Barbara July 15, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Unfortunately, I believe that the economic situation in the U.S. will lead people who have been law abiding citizens to take drastic measures to support their families. Poor people have their programs, but the middle class does not. Poor people can adjust easier to hard times because it may be all they know. But a person who comes from a family who for generations has lived well it could be a big shock to find themselves out of a good paying job with no new jobs prospects in sight. This compiled with a credit card debt, mortgages on home and possible a vacation home, college tuition, multiple car payments, etc., can lead to depression, mental illness, and desperation.
Paula Wittman July 15, 2011 at 04:02 PM
It's a sad feeling for those of us who have lived in Emmaus our entire lives. :(
Fr. Andrew S. Damick July 15, 2011 at 06:31 PM
There's no direct causative link between economic downturns and crime rates. Indeed, the crime rate overall continues to go down in recent years. Check it out for yourself: http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=crime+rate+economy&aq=f&aqi=g-v10&aql=&oq=#q=%22crime%20rate%22%20economy&nfpr=1&ei=H4cgTv3pHerz0gHFtaTcAw&sqi=2&start=0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=86582d5fedad0c80&biw=1303&bih=747
Pat Vallese July 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM
It was bound to happen. Emmaus has been the best kept secret for years. Old world values, small town charm, reasonable real estate values. Then, one by one the world found out how great it was. Media reports brought Emmaus to everyones attention. Demographics, and crime sats. were published. Voted one of the best places to live in the United States just a couple of years ago. It still is, but that cancer of crime has taken notice too, and the town might be perceived as "Mayberryish", and easy pickens. Short of beefing up the police presence, at a cost, there is not much else WE can do. Operation Town Watch ....Emmaus, as well as all towns, need it's citizens to be alert, and report any and all suspect acts. Lets get pro-active.

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