Man indicted for robbing bank in Newington supermarket

Published on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 16:05


A Middletown resident has been indicted on federal charges alleging he robbed multiple banks, including one in Newington.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Wednesday said Gino Rizzo, 28, and Jalania Pantano, 27, were arrested following a three-count indictment. 

Federal officials believe Rizzo robbed two banks on his own, while the pair conspired to rob a third bank together. 

According to federal officials, Rizzo robbed People’s United Bank branches located in the Stop & Shop grocery stores in Glastonbury on July 16 and Newington on July 18. Rizzo and Pantano, according to federal officials, allegedly robbed the People’s Bank in the West Hartford Stop & Shop on July 20.  

The three-count indictment was returned by a grand jury in Bridgeport earlier in August.

Rizzo and Pantano appeared this week in federal court, where they were ordered to be detained.

The bank robbery charge the pair face carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Wednesday, 31 August 2022 16:05. Updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2022 16:08.