SOUTHINGTON - A Meriden man has pleaded guilty in multiple bank robberies, including one that occurred in Southington and ended with two children being kidnapped and ultimately let go.
Norman Renaldi, 46, accepted a plea deal during a hearing on Thursday in New Britain Superior Court. The deal exposes him to anywhere between 10 and 25 years in prison, Judge Maureen Keegan said.
During the hearing, Renaldi pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of attempted second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. A number of charges are expected to be dropped at his sentencing, which has been scheduled for Dec. 20.
According to police, on June 18, 2017, at about 1:15 p.m., Renaldi entered the People's Bank inside Stop & Shop, at 505 North Main St., and handed the teller a note that demanded money. Police said Renaldi implied he may have had a gun.
Renaldi, according to police, made off with $12,669 - which was later recovered - and got into a minivan allegedly being driven by Lamar McCarthy, 37, of Hartford, who has also been charged. The minivan, after it was involved in a motor vehicle accident, was abandoned by the suspects near a gas station, where McCarthy carjacked a Jeep Cherokee, police allege. An elderly man was pulled out of the vehicle, while his wife and two grandchildren, ages 6 and 3, were still inside when it was driven away.
Police allege McCarthy took the vehicle, and that Renaldi, who was caught shortly thereafter, could not get inside. The children and the woman were let out of the vehicle shortly thereafter, near a commuter lot off Exit 26 from Interstate 84, near the Cheshire-Waterbury line. They were not injured.
According to judicial records, McCarthy is scheduled to go to trial. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, second-degree larceny, robbery involving an occupied vehicle, engaging police in pursuit, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count each of evading responsibility and a number of other motor vehicle charges.
The other two robberies Renaldi pleaded guilty to on Thursday happened in Enfield and Glastonbury in 2017.
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