Communications between area police departments appeared to play a big role in catching a reported strong-arm robber Wednesday night in Macungie.
However, Macungie Police Chief Ed Harry clarified the situation: the men involved knew each other. After the man who allegedly wanted money became rough, the man he reportedly wanted money from wanted to "teach the guy a lesson" and report the exchange as strong-arm robbery.
Scanner reports revealed that a man at the , 141 W. Main St., was pumping gas when the suspect approached him and asked if he needed help about 11:15 p.m., according to scanner transmissions. The suspect saw the man had cash in his hand, pushed him to the ground, ran to a mini-van and drove away.
Macungie police arrived and relayed vehicle and suspect information to the Lehigh County Communications Center, including a license plate number. Having heard the information, Berks-Lehigh Regional Police advised dispatchers within approximately 15 minutes that they had a suspect in custody along Route 222 near the Berks County line about 11:30, according to radio transmissions.
Harry said an official police report will be issued.