Bank robber sentenced

A Phil­adelphia man was sen­tenced to 15 years in fed­er­al pris­on for rob­bing six banks, in­clud­ing one in the North­east, between Ju­ly 24, 2009, and last Aug. 10.

Aaron Thomas, 47, pleaded guilty to all six heists in March. Three of the crimes oc­curred in Abing­ton Town­ship and two on City Av­en­ue in Over­brook, while one oc­curred at the TD Bank branch at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Av­en­ue on Sept. 17, 2009.

Abing­ton po­lice cap­tured Thomas shortly after he robbed a PNC Bank branch on Old York Road last Aug. 10. The rob­ber led of­ficers in a vehicle and foot pur­suit that res­ul­ted in in­jur­ies to two of­ficers and prop­erty dam­age to sev­er­al vehicles.

Thomas has two pri­or bank rob­bery con­vic­tions. In ad­di­tion to the pris­on sen­tence, U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Lawrence F. Sten­gel ordered Thomas to pay $30,905 in resti­tu­tion. ••

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