Bank Robber Heading To Federal Prison
A Former Penn State student who admitted robbing 17 banks in three states has been given 13 years in federal prison. The robbery spree started and ended at the Abington Bank branch on Bethlehem Pike in Lower Gwynedd. Other jobs were at a Wachovia branch in Blue Bell, a PNC branch in Gladwyne and Commerce and Fulton Bank branches in Bensalem. 22-year-old Rasheid Robinson of Philadelphia and two accomplices were captured in October of 2008 near Bethlehem Pike and Norristown Road after a dye pack and tear gas canister, hidden inside a bag of money, exploded. They pulled off the road about two blocks from the bank and threw the dye pack, a gun and masks into bushes behind a business. The owner called 911 as they got back into their getaway car, and police stopped it moments later, arresting Robinson outside the car while the other two men ran into a wooded area. During the search for them, a Montgomery Township police officer accidentally shot and killed a k-9 dog named Andy from Plymouth Township. The other two men face sentencing later.