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Sovereign Bank Robber Remains At Large

Police ended their ground search after nightfall.

Police confirmed that a man wearing a black T-shirt and gray sweatpants – with a ski mask over his face – in Emmaus Thursday morning with a silver handgun.

At a 3:30 p.m. press conference, said the suspect remains at large. The hunt for him continued until darkness fell.

Faust would not say how much money was taken fom the bank or how many employees were working at the time of the robbery.

Lt. Edgardo A. Colon, station commander of the Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville Station said while the bank robber is not believed to be a threat, people should “use common sense and proceed with caution.”

“He is not an overt threat,” Colon said. “He has not made any threats. But, you could argue that anyone who uses a gun to rob a bank is dangerous.”

Colon said that after a search of the targeted area was completed, the police would move on to “other investigative methods.”

The search area included a cornfield along Lower Macungie and Riverbend Roads that Faust said is about mile from the bank, as well as the  apartment complex behind the and across from .

Faust said that anyone with information about the robbery should call Emmaus police at 610-967-3113.

If you feel you are in a potentially dangerous situation, dial 911.

Jennifer Marangos (Editor) July 15, 2011 at 12:34 AM
A written statement from the Emmaus Police Department confirms that the search for the Sovereign Bank robber has concluded for today. No one was arrested.
voice of reason July 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM
once again society and our way of life are in danger as the police fail to do their job
Nancy O'Keefe July 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Thank you, Emmaus PD and others, for your efforts. We know you are doing your best. Today is another day.
Willet Thomas July 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM
How can a guy with a gun not be a threat to the neighborhood?
Concerned Citizen July 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM
I hope they get this guy. I can't determine the perpetrator's race from the picture. But the only description that I've seen is that he is light skinned. That seems vague and maybe too politically correct. Is he black or white? It might help to know.
Jim Kahle July 15, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Troia…a.k.a. Moses Malone … a.k.a. who really knows … How did the police (ALL of them …) not do their job? Using your logic, if you don’t solve EVERY problem you face at work…on that very day … you are failing at your job. Your boss must be very proud to have God working for him. The police responded quickly and with appropriate resources (calling in aid from other agencies) in an attempt to apprehend the perpetrator. He (obviously) cased the job beforehand to plan his escape route. The only way this could have been avoided would be to have MORE police patrolling our fair town. From the myriad of Tea Bagger political comments on the Patch…”that ain’t gonna happen” any time soon. I think they are doing a FINE job. How about supporting the hard (and dangerous) work that these men and women do, instead of trashing them?
Carl Stevenson July 15, 2011 at 05:01 PM
I also disagree with the "the police fail to do their job" criticism. From everything I've seen, they had a lot of manpower and resources devoted to tryig to catch the perp, but you can't guarantee 100% success in a venture of this nature. Sometimes, despite their best efforts, the bad guy gets away.
Carl Stevenson July 15, 2011 at 05:06 PM
I would suggest that "How can a CRIMINAL with a gun not be a threat to the neighborhood" would be a better way to phrase it. Simply posessing a gun doesn't make someone evil or dangerous. Millions of law-abiding citizens carry a weapon for self-protection. They present NO threat to anyone (except some thug would would attempt to assault them for criminal purposes.) Please don't tar law-abiding citizens with the same brush you'd use on criminals, even if unintentionally.
Carl Stevenson July 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Jim, I already defended the work of the police. On the use of terms ... benefit of the doubt given and received.
Carl Stevenson July 16, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Rob, I don't believe in compromising principles. Like property rights, personal freeedom, individual responsibility, and other basic rights. My comment was that "compromise" (to the left) means, give on your principles and let us have (at least part of) what we want (more government excess in taxation, control, etc.) a bit at a time. That's how this country has changed over time from the free, prosperous country we once were to a country that's in debt and where the government regulates (or seeks to regulate) virtually every aspect of human behavior. Now they even want to take "obese" children away from their families, jail people for growing their own food (http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/julie-bass-of-oak-park-faces-misdemeanor-charge-for-vegetable-garden-20110630-wpms), etc. Those sort of things are not right, and I will not "compromise" on such things. The fact that you attempt to demean me for principles forces me to question yours.
Carl Stevenson July 17, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Rob, I wouldn't pass such a restrictive ordinance. It's none of government's business whether people plant vegetables in their front yard or not. To try to control people to that extent is an excess of government and need to be opposed. How is pointing to actual examples of government exess "alarmist???"
Carl Stevenson July 17, 2011 at 06:17 PM
So, Rob, it appears that you don't want me to be elected because you don't think that I will go along with whatever you want ...
Carl Stevenson July 17, 2011 at 06:23 PM
However, this is getting WAY off topic for this thread, so if you want to debate these issues, let's do it elsewhere in consideration of folks who are interested in the main topic.
Carl Stevenson July 18, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Rob, You, and a couple of pseudonymmed alter-egos, seem to take every opportunity to change the topic in an effort to exploit every discussion here on Patch as a venue to attack me for having the courage of my convictions. It certainly appears that you don't want anyone elected who will oppose you and your cronies' agenda of control. I have not had a single negative comment regarding my exercise of my rights (other than from you and your alter-egos here), but I HAVE had a number of supportive comments. On the other hand, I have had many, many negative comments about the way that you, your current colleagues, and some township employees and the negative effects your actions have on the people's rights. I AM interested in becoming a supervisor to better the community - by working to remove unnecessarily restrictive, financially burdensome controls that shouldn't have been enacted in the first place. I'm sure that the people who read patch would appreciate it if you'd stop trying to hijack every topic thread here in an effort to mount an attack on me.
Robert Sentner July 18, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Yeah Ok Mr Stevenson, I am sure any normal person is going to go up to a person that they don't know and tell them that carrying a weapon exposed bothers them, thats gonna happen. And I am still waiting to hear what burdensome restrictive controls you are talking about. Lots of talk no substance. be specific please. And did I miss where you answered where you were when the zoning and SALDO was redone last year ??? As far as the negative comments about myself, colleagues, and township employees, My personal, business and township door is ALWAYS open to discuss anything and I have never turned an ear to anyone, and every township meeting is open to the public with lots of time set aside for public imput. I can gladly give you a list of the people I have personally helped. So if there is negative comments on the way i have handled myself please feel free to contact me anytime, I will do my best to fix anything if it is WITHIN my powers. As far as mounting an attack on you Mr. Stevenson I am just trying to bring all sides to the table. You are the one hat has criticised how the township is run, I feel it is my right to defend our community
Carl Stevenson July 18, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Rob, After this, I will not respond to off-topic attacks in this thread. 1) Carrying a weapon for self-defense is a right. It requires no explaination or apology. However, neither I nor millions of other law-abiding Americans who carry guns routinely present a threat to anyone and I am always willing to discuss the subject calmly and rationally with anyone. see http://pasdrl.org 2) I was not involved in your re-write last year. I was disabled for most of last year by a very serious accident where I broke my neck in 3 places. (excuse me :-) 3) I don't see how restricting people's rights is "defending our community" ... I believe that protecting people's rights is defending our community and that's my political philosophy (which you seem to vehemently oppose) Take further discussion to a more appropriate venue.
Robert Sentner July 18, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Sorry to hear of your unfortunate accident, but the rewrite had been going on for years, I have been involved with the township planning commission for roughly 3 or 4 years and before your election bid had never heard of you. So prior to your accident there was many ways that if you were so unhappy with the current or past zoning you could have voiced your opinion. The plannning Commission is the appointed body that makes the recomondations to the Supervisors, The Supervisors are the ones that adopt it after full review by Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. who also recomended it. I think there was alot of hard work put into this to lesson the need for interpitation, variances and retain our rural community. No needs to discus your thoughts on carrying a weapon. like I said before your "Right" comes before making people feel comfortable. Mr Stevenson quote " I don't see how restricting people's rights is "defending our community" ... I believe that protecting people's rights is defending our community and that's my political philosophy (which you seem to vehemently oppose) " Rob Sentners actual quote " You are the one hat has criticised how the township is run, I feel it is my right to defend our community" your a typical politician Mr. Stevenson, evasive, lot of promises and little to back it up. looking so forward to the debate between the 2 candidates this fall. Reply
Salisbury Resident July 18, 2011 at 03:27 PM
A smart criminal always leaves a fatal mistake. It will only take a matter of time. {Happy Tea Partier here...having faith in my local (and abroad) law enforcement officers}
Lyle Richardson July 23, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Just curious how do we know this person was a man, if could be a woman.....?????

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