downtown Hellertown bank was reportedly robbed around closing time Monday, prompting borough police to initiate a manhunt for the suspect, who escaped on foot.
According to a source, police are searching for a man wearing a white T-shirt with salt and pepper hair who robbed the BB&T branch at 741 Main Street at around 5 p.m.
The man then fled from the bank and was last seen headed southbound, according to the source, who said officers were entering local businesses to see if anyone had seen the suspect.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Hellertown police cars with lights flashing and without sirens converged on the bank, where several SUVs could be seen in the parking lot and officers and employees were observed inside the lobby at around 5:20 p.m.
The bank normally closes at 5 p.m. on a Monday.
As the search for the suspect began, a Hellertown police officer on foot was seen looking east across Main Street near the Sunoco gas station next to Detwiller Plaza as if searching for someone, and a short time later a police SUV was seen in the area of Northampton Street and Magnolia Road, which is several blocks south of the bank.
Saucon Source will continue to bring you updates on this developing story as they become available.
Anyone with information about the bank robbery should call 911 or the Northampton County Communications Center at 610-759-2200.
The last time the Hellertown bank was robbed was in September 2007, when it was Keystone National Bank & Trust (KNBT).