The wayward ways of former Hialeah Police Chief Rolando Bolaños' troublesome son Rolando Bolaños Jr. have finally caught up to him. Bolaños Jr. has plead guilty to strong armed robbery of a bank stemming from an incident last year in which he made off with $2,389 from a Bank Atlantic in Hialeah. He'll serve 364 days, nearly a year, behind bars.
Bolaños, a former cop himself, walked into the Bank Atlantic branch at 7775 W. 33rd Ave. on Feb. 9, 2009 and handed the teller a typed note demanding cash and then made off with the money. For a former cop his heist was ridiculously unsophisticated.
He called in a report of a suspicious car just before the heist, but the geolocation of his cell phone records proved he was near the scene of the crime when making the call. He used his own car, with a license plate registered under his name, as the get away vehicle. A distinctive mole on his neck, left uncovered, was reported by the teller and his former colleagues at the Hialeah Police Department immediately remembered Bolaños' mole. In his final act of stupidty he made a cash deposit to his own bank account of $2,200 just 20 minutes after the robbery.
The overflowing amount of evidence led to Bolaños pleading guilty in hopes of a reduced sentence.
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This is far from the first time Juniors been in trouble though. In 1989 when he was just 17 he was convicted of trying to break into a Cadillac dealership in Ft. Lauderdale. He was charged with a DUI in 1994, and he joined the Hialeah Police force in 1997, when his father was chief, but illegally failed to mention his arrest on his application. The controvery over his hiring on the force eventually lead Bolaños to resign in 2004. Though not before Bolaños and his brother Daniel were also charged with police brutality stemming from a 1998 incident.They were later acquitted of that charge.