Coopersburg Man Charged With Dec. 19 Bank Robbery, Police Say

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Police previously released this photo of the suspect in the robbery of the Lafayette Ambassador bank in Coopersburg Dec. 19. They announced Friday that Richard Simmers, 54, of Coopersburg, has been charged with robbing the bank.

A Coopersburg man has been charged with robbing a borough bank Dec. 19 and will be charged with the New Year’s Eve robbery of another bank in nearby Richland Township police announced Friday.

According to Richland Township Police, in cooperation with Coopersburg borough police officers arrested without incident Richard Gordon Simmers, 54, for the robbery that occurred at the Lafayette Ambassador Bank on Rt. 309 just days before Christmas.

“Simmers will face charges for the bank robbery that occurred on Dec. 31, 2018 in Richland Township as well,” police said, adding that “more information (will) follow, as it develops.”

No one was hurt in either robbery, and police have released few details about what allegedly transpired during the two robberies.

According to online court records, Simmers was arraigned Friday afternoon before District Judge Daniel Trexler on a single count of Felony 1 Robbery-Threat of Immediate Serious Injury. He was then committed to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $100,000 straight bail, the records state.

A preliminary hearing in Simmers’ case is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Lehigh County Central Court.

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Richland Township Police said Friday that the man pictured in this surveillance image from inside the Wells Fargo branch on Rt. 309 just south of Quakertown is Richard Simmers, and that he will be charged with robbing the bank on Dec. 31.

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