Followup: The scumbags down the street

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Followup: The scumbags down the street

By M Davies   /     Jan 19, 2008  /     I hate my neighbors, NEPA  /  

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Accused doughnut shop thief charged in 2nd robbery

Store surveillance videos tie Roy William Deronde to earlier store robbery, police charge.



KINGSTON – Hours before Roy William Deronde took part in a Jan. 9 robbery at Curry Donuts in Fairview Township, he held up the Uni-Mart on Market Street in Kingston, police said.

Kingston police linked Deronde, 34, of Prospect Street, Wilkes-Barre, to the Uni-Mart robbery by surveillance videos recorded at the two businesses. The videos show a man matching Deronde’s description holding a silver-colored weapon, a toy gun he used in both robberies, police said.

Kingston police charged Deronde Friday with two counts of robbery and a single count of theft. He was arraigned before District Judge Paul J. Roberts Jr. in Kingston and recommitted to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

Deronde had been in jail for lack of $50,000 bail since last week on charges he robbed the Curry Donuts store.

Deronde is also suspected in two robberies earlier this month in Hanover Township, at Tails R Wagn, a pet grooming business on Lee Park Avenue, and at PCS Service Station on the Sans Souci Highway.

Hanover Township police Detective Al Walker said there are similarities among the four robberies, quickly adding that Deronde hasn’t been charged with the robberies in Hanover Township.

Deronde was arrested at the home of Ronald Raimondi, 54, and his son, Steven Ramondi, 30, on Lee Park Avenue shortly after the Fairview Township robbery.

Fairview Township police suspect Deronde entered Curry Donuts on state Route 309 at about 10 p.m. and threatened a clerk with a gun before getting away with a small amount of cash. Ronald Ramondi and his son were waiting in a car outside the doughnut store, township police said.

About six hours earlier, at around 4:30 p.m., Ramondi walked into the Uni-Mart and told a clerk: “Let’s go, let’s get the (expletive) money out,” Kingston police said.

The clerk turned around and saw a man who was identified as Deronde holding a silver-colored handgun, police said. Deronde told the clerk to get the money out of the cash register and lottery drawer, then told the clerk to lie on the floor before Deronde ran out of the store, police said.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Capt. John Jorda and Detective Thomas Paratore:

Deronde admitted that he robbed the Uni-Mart and that he was under the influence of heroin at the time. Deronde claimed he waited behind the Uni-Mart for about 20 minutes before he entered the store because he didn’t want a confrontation with any customers.

On Thursday, Deronde waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court in connection with the Fairview Township robbery, sending two counts of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Ronald Raimondi and Steven Ramondi also waived their preliminary hearings. Charges of conspiracy to commit robbery for their alleged role in the Fairview Township incident are headed to county court.

Kingston police said the Ramondis were not involved in the Uni-Mart robbery.

A preliminary hearing for Deronde related to the Uni-Mart robbery is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Central Court.

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