Serial robber sentenced to between nine and 18 years in prison

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — After going on a county-wide robbery spree last November, a Hazle Township man has been sentenced to spend years in state prison.

Raymond Bolling, 42, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and a count each of attempted robbery and theft by unlawful taking in March.

He appeared again in court before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough on Friday. Vough sentenced Bolling to a period of between nine and 18 years in state prison between the charges.

Bolling was accused of attempting to rob several stores in the Hazleton area and a Plains Township Family Dollar Store, all on Nov. 6.

According to police, Bolling started his day by attempting to rob Buddies’ Bagels and the nearby Weis Market, both in West Hazleton.

Then, he moved north to Plains Township, where police say he robbed the Family Dollar on River Street, demanding money from a clerk. He got away with an unspecified amount of cash.

He ended the day at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet at the Church Hill Mall near Hazleton. Police say he handed the clerk a note, which said he had a gun and wanted money. He got away with $700 there.

Bolling was apprehended the next day when Hazleton Police tracked him to the Hazleton Motor Inn on East Broad Street after receiving a tip.

Vough ordered Bolling to pay restitution to the stores he robbed and to have no further contact with them. Bolling was remanded to a state prison to begin his sentence.

By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

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