Bank Robbery – PNC Bank
At approximately 11:15 AM on Friday August 10, 2012 a man walked into the PNC Bank located at 123 Old York Road in the Jenkintown section of Abington Township. The man placed a plastic bag on the counter and demanded money. A teller put money in the bag and the man fled the bank and escaped in a dark colored Range Rover. A description of the vehicle was broadcast over police radio and an Abington Officer saw the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled and the officer gave chase. The Range Rover proceeded to lead police on a long chase through various sections of Philadelphia. At one point the Range Rover got on the Roosevelt Expressway at Broad Street and then exited at the Fox Street Exit. When it did, the Range Rove purposely struck another Abington Police Vehicle which was at that location. This vehicle was a K-9 vehicle but neither the Officer nor the Police Dog were injured. The chase then proceeded at low speeds because of damage to the Range Rover to the intersection of 17th and Oxford where the Range Rover went through a red traffic signal at the intersection and was struck by a car driven by an uninvolved person. The Range Rover then collided with the pursuing police car and a light pole. The lone occupant of the Range Rover got out and ran with the bag of money in his hand. Abington Officers apprehended him a short distance away. The money stolen from the bank was recovered and the suspect was transported to Abington Police H.Q. where he will be charged with robbery and various other offenses. The Officer who had been pursuing the Range Rover was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. There were no other injuries during the incident. The suspect is Aaron K. M. THOMAS, age 47 of 124 N. 54th Street, Philadelphia. He is currently awaiting arraignment.
Approved for Release by: Deputy Chief John A. Livingood