Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 27, 2013|
PHILADELPHIA—Aaron Thomas, 47, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for committing six bank robberies. On March 14, 2013, Thomas pleaded guilty to robbing six banks: (1) PNC Bank located on Old York Road in Abington on August 10, 2012; (2) TD Bank located on City Avenue in Philadelphia on August 8, 2012; (3) TD Bank located on City Avenue in Philadelphia on May 17, 2011; (4) TD Bank located on Moreland Road in Abington on September 17, 2009; (5) TD Bank located on Grant Avenue in Philadelphia on September 17, 2009; and (6) TD Bank located on Old York Road in Abington on July 24, 2009. Thomas was apprehended by Abington Police following the PNC Bank robbery on August 10, 2012, after a vehicle and foot pursuit through the streets of Abington and Philadelphia that resulted in two police officers being injured and several vehicles damaged. Thomas has two prior convictions for bank robbery.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence F. Stengel ordered Thomas to pay $30,905 in restitution and a $600 special assessment and ordered three years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Abington Township Police Department, and the Philadelphia Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Livermore.