New Castle News

February 26, 2014

Alleged bank robber waives hearing

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A man accused of robbing a bank and credit union downtown has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

As a result, charges against Richard Joseph Bruni are being held for Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Bruni, 37, of 432 Boyles Ave., allegedly robbed GNC Federal Credit Union Dec. 26 and Huntington Bank Jan. 23.

He also is suspected in the Jan. 7 robbery of a FirstMerit Bank branch in Neshannock. Township police said they intend to file charges against him this week in that holdup.

Police used surveillance videos of the robberies to disseminate a photo of the robber on their website and in the media. Tips to the city police website enabled investigators to identify him as the suspect.

Bruni is charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of terroristic threats, theft and receiving stolen property in connection with the Huntington Bank holdup and he faces charges of robbery with threat of immediate serious injury, robbery demanding money from a financial institution, terroristic threats, theft and receiving stolen property in the GNC incident.

His bonds for the two cases total $200,000.