Ad­di­tional charges for man in armed rob­ber y spree

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / STATE - BY JIM DINO STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: jdino@stan­dard­; 570-501-3585.

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.


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