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Emmaus Police Respond to Robbery at Sovereign Bank

Police, dogs and a helicopter are searching for a suspect.

Police dogs and a search helicopter were deployed this morning for a manhunt in connection to a bank robbery at , 1215 Chestnut St, Emmaus.

Police are searching for a man wearing a black T-shirt and grey sweatpants. He is suspected of robbing the bank with a silver, semi-automatic handgun.

Police did not disclose how much money was taken.

Reports also indicated that police and SWAT teams surrounded a cornfield along Lower Macungie and Riverbend Roads.

Police acted on a call after the robbery about a white man in a black T-shirt who was seen running through the cornfield.

"He did not look like a farmer," the caller said.

Police also searched the apartment complex behind the bank and across from Emmaus High School.

was put on lockdown and the summer school students were kept inside until the area was cleared.

At the bank, yellow crime-scene tape surrounds the scene. After the robbery, officers interviewed employees inside the bank.

One Sovereign employee was allowed to leave just long enough to give a hug to her mother, who had parked her car in the lot, waiting to get word from her daughter.

There have been no reports that anyone had been hurt.

The Lehigh County Communications Center confirmed the call came in at 10:30 a.m. That was about the time when David Gross, manager of the in the East Penn Plaza Shopping Center, was dropping off his morning deposit at the bank.

Gross said the door to the bank was locked, and the manager waived him off from inside. As Gross walked back to the Smoke Shop, Emmaus police arrived with guns drawn.

The bank has been closed since and was being used as the command post.

K9 units from Emmaus and Allentown were deployed in the effort to catch the robber. Salisbury Police, State Police and many other area municipalities were also called in for help.

The same Sovereign Bank on July 2, 2010. And today's call comes seven months after the on Main Street in Emmaus that involved a shoot-out with police.

The held a press conference in the parking lot of Emmaus High School at 3:30 p.m., and confirmed that the robber got away with some money. The suspect remains at large.

Lyle Richardson July 15, 2011 at 01:05 AM
There is a simple solution to this problem, bullet prof windows seperating the tellers from the customers.
Rachel July 15, 2011 at 03:40 AM
I get that there have been two robberies so close together... what I don't get are the comments that seem to have an underlying tone of 'this is all the sudden'. Theft isn't a new thing here. When I called the other day to report my being broken into the office told me that I was one of many calling in that morning b/c someone had gone on a 'shopping spree' throughout the town. It's simply seems it's not talked about. Being unaware doesn't mean it's not happening. I'm thankful for those that serve our community and am grateful for the risks they take so I can live my comfortable life in my little 'dennis the menace' town. But remember, noone is immune to the wrong-doings of others. All we can do if stand together and fight to keep our community as safe and secure as possible.
Nancy O'Keefe July 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM
As long as someone is inserting politics into this.....tax cuts are an easy thing to promise because it gets you elected. It's what people want to hear. Then when public services are cut because the money's not there, they're the first ones to complain that public service employees are not doing their job. Tax cuts could cripple a borough like Emmaus. It just takes a read of the police blotters to see that a cut in the police force is absurd.
Donna Hosfeld July 15, 2011 at 03:02 PM
I'm delighted with the amazing response we have from ALL of our "protectors" in Emmaus AND the surrounding areas. These folks work tirelessly and risk alot to be able to provide us a safe environment. The tenacity and perseverance they've shown to resolve some of these situations is commendable. Thank you, guys and gals! Let's also remember that every citizen can do alot by being vigilant and looking out for one another. If something doesn't "look" or "feel" right, please alert the authorities. We've got to help each other to keep our communities strong!

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