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Hearing continued for bank robbery suspect from Munhall

| Thursday, July 3, 2014, 2:06 a.m.
Thomas, bank robbery suspect

The first of a series of scheduled preliminary hearings was continued until September for a bank robbery suspect from Munhall.

Richard P. Thomas Jr., 38, remains in Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 on charges stemming from the June 14 holdup of First National Bank in the Circleville area of North Huntingdon Township.

His hearing on Wednesday on robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property charges was continued until Sept. 10 at 1:45 p.m. by North Huntingdon Magisterial District Judge Douglas R. Weimer Jr.

Thomas is scheduled to run a gauntlet of hearings through July 14 in Allegheny County, where he has to post $150,000 in bonds on top of what's holding him in Westmoreland County.

On Monday, he is to appear before Magisterial District Judge Thomas G. Miller Jr. in White Oak for a 1:30 p.m. hearing on robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property charges in the June 17 holdup of a Sunoco station along West Fifth and Pennsylvania avenues in White Oak.

White Oak police said he admitted holding up the service station twice, on June 17 and on Sept. 6, 2004. For the earlier robbery Thomas was sentenced to 2½ years in prison and five years of probation.

On Tuesday, he is to appear at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin in Glassport on charges of robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property in a June 16 Glassport bank robbery.

He is accused of robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, recklessly endangering another person and unlawful restraint charges in a Clairton carjacking.

Glassport police said a bank employee recognized Thomas from a photograph as the robber at Huntington Bank along Monongahela Avenue.

On July 14 at 8:30 a.m. Thomas has a scheduled preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene F. Riazzi Jr. on drug charges as well as a traffic violation in a May 24 incident.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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