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Serial robber caught after Upper Macungie bank holdup, cops say

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David Parks told police he is responsible for five other robberies, police said.

A Connecticut man arrested after the armed robbery of an Upper Macungie bank Friday morning admitted to five other robberies this year, township police said.

upper macungie police carUpper Macungie Township police say a bank robber used a fake gun and wore a disguise during an armed holdup Friday. (Lehighvalleylive.com file photo)

David Parks told police and FBI agents that he was responsible for two robberies in Scranton, two in Rhode Island and one in New Jersey, police said.

In the Upper Macungie case, Parks is charged with robbery, two counts of theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of a crime, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, simple assault and driving without a license. He was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.


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Upper Macungie Township police say the robbery occurred just before 11 a.m. at First Niagara Bank, 6890 Hamilton Blvd. Parks was wearing a beard, gloves, glasses and a fishing hat, police said, and lifted his shirt to show what appeared to be a gun as he demanded money.

Witnesses said the robber fled in a black Dodge Neon with a Connecticut license plate. Officers found the 58-year-old Parks driving the car westbound on Interstate 78, and inside the car was the robber’s disguise and the stolen money, police said.

Parks was arrested after he was stopped on the highway, police said, and during an interview he admitted robbing the bank, and told township police and the FBI he was responsible for the other holdups, too.

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Robber wore fake beard, fishing hat during bank robbery, police say

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The robber flashed what appeared to be a gun during the holdup, but it turned out to be fake, police said.

UPDATE: Serial robber caught after Upper Macungie bank holdup, cops say

A man used a fake gun and a disguise to rob an Upper Macungie bank Friday morning, township police said.

upper macungie police carUpper Macungie Township police say a bank robber used a fake gun and wore a disguise during an armed holdup Friday. (Lehighvalleylive.com file photo) 

David Parks, no address listed in court papers, was seen leaving the bank in a black Dodge Neon with Connecticut plates, police said.

Officers found the 58-year-old Parks driving the car on Interstate 78 West, and inside the car was the robber’s disguise and the stolen money, police said.

Parks is charged with robbery, two counts of theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of a crime, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, simple assault and driving without a license.

Parks was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Upper Macungie Township police say the robbery occurred just before 11 a.m. at First Niagara Bank, 6890 Hamilton Blvd. Parks was wearing a beard, gloves, glasses and a fishing hat, police said, and lifted his shirt to show what appeared to be a gun as he demanded money.

Parks was arrested after he was stopped on the highway, police said, and during an interview he admitted robbing the bank.

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53-year-old tractor-trailer driver from N.Y. found dead after crash, coroner says

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The cause and manner of the woman's death will be sought Friday in an autopsy.

upper macungie township police carUpper Macungie Township police and the Lehigh County coroner are investigating a fatal crash on Route 222. (lehighvalleylive.com file photo) 

A 53-year-old New York woman died early Thursday after a tractor-trailer left Route 222 in Upper Macungie Township and rolled over, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office reports.

The woman was partially ejected from the truck, county Coroner Scott Grim wrote in an email.

An autopsy will be performed Friday to determine the woman’s cause and manner of death, Grim said. He did not identify the woman, pending notification of next of kin.

The woman was pronounced dead at 4:54 a.m. after the 3:20 a.m. crash, Grim said.

The road — also known as Hamilton Boulevard — was closed for hours in both directions in the 10600 block between Schantz and Independent roads, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports. It reopened just before 8 a.m.

The coroner and Upper Macungie Township police continue too investigate, Grim said.

Fatal tractor-trailer crash shuts Lehigh County road, authorities report

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Route 222 is closed in both directions between Schantz Road and Independent Road after the crash just after 3 a.m., authorities say.

upper macungie township police carRoute 222 in Upper Macungie Township is closed Thursday morning by a fatal crash. (lehighvalleylive.com file photo) 

Route 222 in Upper Macungie Township was closed Thursday morning by a fatal tractor-trailer crash between Schantz Road and Independent Road, authorities report.

The crash happened just after 3 a.m. and the truck was the only vehicle involved, according to a Lehigh County dispatcher.

County Coroner Scott Grim was on the scene as of 5:30, he said by email. The truck driver died, he confirmed.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in a tweet at 5:41 said the road was closed in both directions.