Another charge against robbery-spree suspect sent to county court

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected] | December 6th, 2017 2:33 pm - updated: 10:00 pm.

WILKES-BARRE — The case against a Hazle Township man allegedly responsible for a one-man crime spree last month is now moving to county court.

Raymond Bolling, 41, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Michael Dotzel on Wednesday, sending a charge of criminal attempt to commit robbery to trial.

This charge comes from one of the final legs of Bolling’s alleged spree Nov. 6, when police say he robbed or tried to rob numerous stores from Hazleton to Plains Township.

State Police charged him with robbing Ollie’s Bargain Outlet at the Church Hill Mall near Hazleton that night.

Police say Bolling handed the clerk a note saying he had a gun and demanding money. He allegedly got away with $700 in cash.

Bolling had another preliminary hearing Nov. 21, at which he waived his right to a hearing on other counts stemming from the alleged robberies.

According to police, Bolling began his day Nov. 6 by attempted to rob Buddies’ Bagels and the nearby Weis Market, both in West Hazleton.

From there, he reportedly moved north to Plains Township. Police say he robbed a Family Dollar on River Street around 1 p.m., demanding money from a clerk. Bolling allegedly got away with an unspecified amount of cash.

He was arrested Nov. 7 when Hazleton Police tracked him to the Hazleton Motor Inn on East Broad Street after receiving a tip.

Bolling remains locked up at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of a combined $80,000 in bail.


By Patrick Kernan

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