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Police Swarm Emmaus Bank But It Was a False Alarm

Police closed intersections and surrounded Sovereign Bank in Emmaus Friday but it was apparently a false alarm.

State and local police with guns drawn surrounded Sovereign Bank at 1215 Chestnut St. in Emmaus around 1 p.m. Friday.

Customers at the East Penn Plaza strip mall next to the bank say they saw police shut down all four intersections there and draw weapons outside the bank until a bank employee motioned to them, apparently indicating that everything was OK.

Police then left the scene and activity at the bank returned to normal. There's no indication yet as to what prompted the response.

The same Sovereign Bank was robbed at least twice in recent years.

Police dogs and a state police helicopter were deployed for a manhunt after a July 2011 robbery.

The bank was robbed previously on July 2, 2010.

Carl W February 16, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Truly great to hear such a response !! (I do hope sirens & lights not used, to avoid a hostage situation, and a wait 'til 'suspects'). Nonetheless, applaud active response !!!
Chris February 16, 2013 at 05:18 PM
The EPD does a fantastic job of protecting the citizens of Emmaus, however I don't see the rational of racing at a high rate of speed endangering those citizens along the way. Money stolen from the bank is insured by the FDIC correct? I agree armed robbery of a bank has the high potential for violence, but rarely is anyone in the bank harmed. I'm not suggesting that law Enforcement ignore or take their time responding to such calls just do so with due regard for citizens along the way. It's not like financial institutions haven't been stealing from the common citizen for the past 100 years...
george February 18, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I bet if someone was sticking a gun in your face the Police couldn't get there fast enough to satisfy you and you would voice your complaint on this site.

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