Police chase suspect in Tamaqua river
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jason Bankes, 19, of Tamaqua and Mary D, is taken into custody along the Little Schuylkill River near Boyer's Market in Tamaqua. Handcuffing Bankes are Rush Township Officer Corey Herring and Tamaqua Police Officer Mike Hobbs.
Yesterday afternoon, police officers from Tamaqua, Rush Township and Coaldale were quick to chase down and capture a burglary suspect, who ran away while officers were executing one of two search warrants related to a burglary committed on Jan. 29 at the White Birch Golf Course in Barnesville, Rush Township.
The items that were stolen were lottery tickets.
While Rush Township police, assisted by Tamaqua police, were executing a search warrant at 3 p.m. at 322 Hazle St. in Tamaqua, when Jason Bankes, who turned 19 on Sunday, ran out of the home towards downtown Tamaqua.
He then jumped into the Little Schuylkill River in hopes of evading police. That didn't stop police, as a number of officers followed him into the river, where he was quickly captured.
Police had their tasers drawn, but didn't need to use them.
Last night, Bankes was arraigned before Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua, on felony burglary, felony criminal trespass, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor receiving stolen property and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Bail was set at $25,000 straight cash bail.
Police received leads from four mini marts in Rush Township and Tamaqua after Bankes attempted to cash the stolen lottery tickets at these locations.
Bankes is also facing charges for resisting arrest, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
No injuries were reported.