Two Middletown residents have been charged in connection with a series of bank robberies at People’s United Bank branches, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Gino Rizzo, 28, and Jalania Pantano, 27, were arrested Tuesday on a three-count indictment by a grand jury Aug. 17 for bank robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The FBI and several local police departments have been investigating the spate of robberies this summer at People’s United Bank branches located in Connecticut’s Stop & Shop supermarkets.
The indictment alleges Rizzo robbed People’s United Bank branches at Stop & Shop supermarkets in Glastonbury on July 16 and Newington on July 18. He also alleges that Rizzo and Pantano robbed a People’s United Bank location at a Stop & Shop in West Hartford on July 20. , according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Rizzo and Pantano appeared before Judge Maria Garcia of the United States District Court in New Haven on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The bank robbery charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and police departments in Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and West Hartford.