Additional charges for man in armed robber y spree
A Hazle Twp. man already arrested for four armed robberies in Luzer ne County has now been charged with trying a fifth in Hazleton.
Police Chief Jerry Speziale said the Hazleton Police Department Detective Division has completed a criminal complaint charging Raymond Edward Bolling, 41, for criminal attempt at robbery on Nov. 6 at the CVS drug store at 64 S. Locust St.
In a release, Speziale said Bolling “took substantial steps toward committing a robbery” at the store.
The charge leveled against him is a seconddegree felony. Apr eli minary hearing will be scheduled in the near future by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Zola’s Office.
Meanwhile, apr eli minary hearing has been scheduled for Bolling on Nov .21 at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge James Dixon on three other stickups — at Buddies Bagels, Valmont Parkway, West Haz let on, that occurred at about 5:40 a.m. on Nov .6; a hold up that occurred moments later at the We is Markets store across Route 93 from Bud- dies, and an ar med robbery that occurred at Ollie’ s Bargain Outlet in the Church Hill Mall in Hazle Twp. at 8:55 p.m.
According to court papers filed by state police at Troop N, Bolling entered Ollie’s, and placed a two-pack of D-sized batteries on the checkout counter.
He then reached into the pocket of the hoodie he was wearing and handed the cashier a note that stated, “Don’t say a word. This is no joke. I have a gun and not afraid to use it. Don’ t say anything way past when I am gone. Don’t call cops.”
He then said to the cashier, “This is not a joke. T his is serious. Open the cash register.”
The cashier obliged, and according to register receipts, Bolling made of f with $710 in cash.
Trooper Jason Z os hak, the arresting officer, viewed surveillance footage at the store, and determined it was Bolling.
Bolling was taken into custody by Hazleton police the next morning.
Speziale said police went to the Hazleton Motor Inn at 615 E. Broad St. around 11 a.m. Nov .7 after learning Bolling might have been there. After setting up surveillance, police observed a white Chevrolet Equinox that had been involved in one of the robberies. Police arrested Bolling without incident, Speziale said.
In the Buddie’s incident, Bolling came away emptyhanded when an employee of the ba g el restaurant thought Bolling was kidding when he handed her a note demanding money.
He got $92 in cash and rolled coin from Weis Markets, police said.
Bolling was identified from surveillance footage by his wife, Kelly, in the West Hazleton incidents, police said.
Court records show Plains Twp. police also filed robbery charges against Bolling related to a robbery that took place on Nov. 6 at the Family Dollar store at 7 N. River St. about 1:10 p.m. The robber demanded money and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.