Ex-Aliquippa High, Seton Hall athlete charged with bank robbery
March 2, 2016 12:30 AM
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Former Aliquippa High School and Seton Hall University basketball player Herb Pop plays during a game in Tampa in January 2012.
By Madasyn Czebiniak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Former Aliquippa High School and Seton Hall University basketball player Herb Pope is heading to trial in connection with a Sewickley bank robbery last month.
Mr. Pope, 27, of Aliquippa, is charged with robbery, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and a firearms violation in the armed robbery at Sewickley Savings Bank in February.
At a preliminary hearing held Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Robert L. Ford, Mr. Pope was held for court on all charges.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Allegheny County Police, on Feb. 12, two men went into the Broad Street bank at 11:18 a.m., jumped the counter, and took more than $3,500. Both were armed with handguns.
A witness saw two men get into a gold BMW parked on Locust Street, and police later found a similar vehicle, registered to Tyler Bridges, parked in front of his residence in Aliquippa, according to the complaint.
Aliquippa police Capt. Ryan Pudik, who received photos of the robbers from the bank, also indicated that they looked like Tyler Bridges and Mr. Pope, the complaint said.
On Feb. 16, investigators went to the Aliquippa residence. Inside, they found two handguns, a black ski mask, and black knit gloves. A man at the residence also said he had received more than $300 to perform tattoo work on Tyler Bridges, Mr. Pope and another man.
That money was checked against the stolen cash from the bank and three $10 bills containing recorded serial numbers were found, the complaint said.
Mr. Pope was arrested Feb. 17 and remains in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, court records show. He was a forward at Seton Hall, graduating in 2012.
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