Police apprehend suspect in two Mercer County robberies

Local - 8/26/2014 5:23 PM by Stuart Hammer

PRINCETON – A Mercer County bank robbery suspect who sparked a police manhunt has been found and is arraigned in court Tuesday.

Terry Lee Copley is charged with armed robbery and robbery of a bank for his involvement with two heists that happened near Princeton earlier this year.

The first at the City National Bank in July and the second at the Mignon video lottery parlor in June.

According to police, Copley brandished a pistol to a teller at City National Bank before making off with a substantial amount of money.

Local detectives and FBI agents had searched the area after the hold-up looking for the robber.

After months of tips and leads, police were lead to Copley’s home in Glenwood on Monday where they served a search warrant that turned up several items used by Copley in the bank robbery.

Det. William Rose with the Mercer Co. Sheriff's Dept. says Copley was upset as police took him into custody.

“He doesn't appear to have a drug habit,” says Rose, “He advised the reason he did it is because his family needed money. He has a small child and a girlfriend. He had worked a couple jobs; he didn't have money and was needing some money to be able to survive on.”


Copley is currently in Southern Regional Jail. His cash-only bond has been set at $30,000.


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