EMMAUS, Pa. - The search continues for a man who robbed a bank late Thursday morning.
It was business as usual for the Sovereign Bank in Emmaus, Lehigh County on Friday, a day after a masked gunman robbed the bank and then reportedly ran into nearby cornfields, setting off massive manhunt.
K9 units, SWAT teams and a state police helicopter all canvassed the area, while officers from around the region closed roads and told neighbors to stay inside. leading some to ask whether it was procedure or overkill.
"Anytime an incident like this, you want to commit as many resources as you can," said Chief David Faust, Emmaus Police Department, who led the search alongside state police.
Both agencies considered the possible dangers associated with a criminal on the run in a high-traffic area, Faust said.
A similar situation unfolded a day before New Year's Eve last year when the KNBT Bank in Emmaus was robbed. Shots were fired and a number of officers rolled in and shut down roads around the borough.
"I would rather err on the side of safety to ensure safety of the surrounding area," Faust said.
Chief Roger Maclean, Allentown Police Department, who is in command of a considerably larger force than Emmaus, compared police work to moving furniture. There's never enough help.
"Better to have too much because people can always leave and scale back," MacLean said.
Both MacLean and Faust said the top priority is to ensure no one is injured, as was the case on Thursday.
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