WILKES-BARRE TWP. — State police at Wyoming believe three men — one of whom is in jail on other robbery and assault charges — used code names “Mr. Black,” “Mr. Blue” and “Mr. Green” after forcing their way into a Bear Creek Township house and tying up the elderly homeowners 13 months ago.
They ransacked the house on Pittston Boulevard for nearly an hour, talking to each other using the code names while the couple in their 70s sat on a couch bound by wire and a cord with blankets over their heads. The three men stole jewelry, cash and guns, police said.
State police allege a fourth participant acting as a lookout drove away. The three suspects left behind stole the couple’s Nissan Frontier truck to make their getaway, police said.
Two of the four men allegedly involved in the April 7, 2012, home invasion were arraigned Thursday by District Judge Michael Dotzel in Wilkes-Barre Township.
William Albert Gronosky, 30, last known address as Nanticoke, and Charles R. Conden, 46, of Hanover Township, were charged with robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, unlawful restraint and criminal conspiracy, according to court records.
Gronoski was “Mr. Black” and Conden was “Mr. Green” during the home invasion. They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail each.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Nathaniel L. Vestal, 39, of Wilkes-Barre, who used the name “Mr. Blue,” and the alleged get-away driver who got cold feet, Wesley Steven Hendricks, 51, of Wilkes-Barre.
Gronosky is no stranger to state police. He is facing numerous charges in county court related to an armed robbery at an adult strip club in Plymouth Township, a burglary at a state police trooper’s residence in Laflin, firing shots at a trooper and a Wilkes-Barre police officer during separate pursuits, and a home invasion in Hanover Township in March and April 2012.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on May 22 before Dotzel.