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DA: Mastermind Of 2012 Hastings Home Invasion Convicted

Richard Vale of the Bronx was convicted of armed robbery in a 2012 Hastings home invasion.
Richard Vale of the Bronx was convicted of armed robbery in a 2012 Hastings home invasion. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced Tuesday that Richard Vale of the Bronx was convicted on 10 indictment charges including robbery and burglary in a 2012 Hastings home invasion.

With help from an accomplice, Vale -- considered by the DA as the mastermind behind the plan -- used firearms to forcibly enter a Hastings apartment at 22 Main Street, DiFiore's office said. They stole approximately $7,000 in cash from a village business owner, according to the DA.

Carlos Burgos and Eugene Lorino, both of the Bronx, were also convicted of the crime and pled guilty last year.

“These three defendants have been held accountable thanks to the seamless cooperation by multiple law enforcement agencies in Westchester who were able to respond, gather evidence, investigate, analyze and interpret information from the crime, ultimately leading to arresting, charging and convicting these individuals.” DiFiore said.

Vale, Burgos and Eugene Lorino, another accomplice, were arrested after a four-month investigation led by the Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department and assisted by investigators and prosecutors from the Organized Crime and Criminal Enterprise Bureau, Superior Court Trial Division of the District Attorney’s Office and the Westchester Intelligence Center and the New York Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph DiBenedetto of the Investigations Division and Assistant District Attorney Christine O’Connor of Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.

Vale was convicted of the following charges:

• One count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony, • Two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, class “B” Violent Felonies, • One count of Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony, • Two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, class “C” Felonies, • One count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, a class “C” Felony, • One count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony, • One count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony, • One count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony. Sentencing for Vale is scheduled for May 23.   He faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

Lorino, 61, pled guilty on July 2012 to one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony, and Burgos, 45, pled guilty on December 2012 to one count of Burglary in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony. Both are awaiting sentencing.

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