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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Police: Mom of Bristol bank robbery suspect turns in son
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In a demand note, Trevor Bergey allegedly urged a bank teller not to panic, though he claimed to have a gun.
Just put $400 into an envelope and he’d be on his way, the note said, according to police. The 20-year-old Bristol man also promised in his note that no one would get hurt and wrote that in about six hours, he’d turn himself in to police.
He ended the note with “THANK YOU.”
Bergey didn’t keep his promise to surrender to police. Instead he allegedly sought treatment for heroin withdrawal symptoms at Lower Bucks Hospital, which is where Bristol Township police found him early Wednesday, after his parents turned him in.
Authorities said an aunt recognized Bergey in a surveillance photo that police released following the robbery of the TD Bank in the 600 block of Oxford Valley Road Tuesday morning. She called his mother, who notified police, according to Bristol Township Acting Police Chief Ralph Johnson.
After the teller handed him the $400, Bergey left the scene in a 2002 Silver Nissan Xterra, heading west on New Falls Road, according to a probable cause affidavit. The teller told police Bergey’s hand was shaking when he handed her the note, and police later learned he didn't have a gun, Johnson said.
“He said he did it to feed his addiction,” the acting chief added.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bristol Township Detective Tim Fuhrmann spoke to the mother who identified the man in the surveillance photo as her son, but said his whereabouts were unknown. The mother also said Bergey is a heroin addict who recently broke up with his girlfriend and appeared depressed and suicidal, Johnson said.
Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, police were notified that Bergey was found at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township, where he was being treated for heroin withdrawal, the affidavit noted.
At the hospital, Bergey, who was described as cooperative, admitted to police that he had robbed the bank, the affidavit said. He also told police they could find the multicolored striped shirt he wore during the robbery along the train tracks near the Bristol rail station, they said. The shirt was recovered, police added.
Bergey is charged with three counts of robbery and related offenses. He was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Robert Wagner Jr. and sent to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $500,000 bail.
Bergey's parents were provided with information on drug treatment resources, Johnson added.