VANDALIA — A Dayton man has plead guilty to robbing the Vandalia Family Dollar store last summer.
Romero A. Battigaglia, Jr., 32, changed his plea to guilty in Judge Dennis Langer’s courtroom to one count of Robbery with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony, on July 6. The defendant also entered guilty pleas in 10 other robbery cases that were pending against him in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Jail records also indicate that Battigaglia is being held for a pair of parole revocation hearings on heroin possession charges from 2013.
Judge Langer will sentence Battigaglia on July 30.
According to police and victim’s statements, Battigaglia allegedly went to the Family Dollar around 10:30 a.m. on June 22, 2014 and pulled a gun and demanded money from the cashier. Witnesses said that the suspect had a black wrap around his face. He yelled at the cashier three times to “put the money in the bag,” and pointed the gun at the cashier until she complied. He then fled the store.
Vandalia police called in a K9 unit but the scent of the suspect disappeared outside the store.
A review of surveillance video from businesses around the Family Dollar revealed a car and a description of the suspect along with that from witnesses.
Centerville and Kettering police were also working on similar cases matching the description of Battigaglia who was ultimately arrested by Moraine police on a similar incident but was later released.
Vandalia detectives interviewed Battigaglia at the jail and also received information from a confidential informant. Prosecutors ultimately approved the robbery charges in late September and Battigaglia was arrested by Vandalia police without incident on October 3.Darrell Wacker can be reached at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.