KINGSTON — Borough police on Friday made an arrest in connection with the robbery of Honesdale National Bank on Thursday after a police officer recognized the suspect from a surveillance video photo.
Kenneth Delicati, 34, of Church Street, Kingston, was charged with robbery and theft by unlawful taking and arraigned before District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz Friday evening.
According to court papers, a bank teller told police that a white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a hat entered the bank Thursday afternoon and placed a napkin on the counter in front of her. The napkin read: “Give me yours 5s, 10s and 1s, I’m in a hurry.” She took all the bills in those denominations from her drawer and placed it on the counter and the man took the money and napkin and left.
Police reviewed surveillance video and forwarded still photos of the suspect to other officers, one of whom identified the man in the photos as Delicati.
Police also viewed surveillance video from a neighboring business and saw that the robbery suspect crossed Wyoming Avenue and fled east on East Bennett Street. Forty Fort Police Chief Daniel Hunsinger located a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black knit Batman hat near 28 E. Bennett St., court papers say.
Kingston Police Chief Michael Krzywicki then deployed his K-9 Onyx in an attempt to pick up the suspect’s scent from the sweatshirt, and Onyx led Krzywicki to the area around Delicati’s address on Church Street, which is one block north of Bennett Street, according to court papers.
Police were then dispatched to Delicati’s address for a report from Delicati’s father, who said his son called him and told him he wanted to kill himself. Officers knocked on Delicati’s front door, but no one answered. Delicati’s father said he called his son back and received an answer that sounded like his son was gurgling, police reported.
Police obtained a key to Delicati’s house from a relative and searched it but did not find him there. They did find a napkin matching the description of the napkin used in the robbery that had indentations consistent with writing on another paper on top of it, court papers state.
At Delicati’s arraignment, Kokura Kravitz said she was concerned Delicati might present a danger to himself. Police said Delicati received a mental health evaluation at a hospital and was released into their custody.
When answering questions to help Kokura-Kravitz determine his bail, Delicati said he was laid off from his job two months ago and had no source of income. He said he had a drug or alcohol addiction and bi-polar disorder as well as a criminal record, but he was never wanted for failing to appear for court.
Kokura Kravitz set Delicati’s bail at $50,000 and scheduled his preliminary hearing for 1 p.m. Wednesday before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston. Unable to post bail, Delicati was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility to await his hearing.