Fmr. Custodian Accused of Stealing from Wellesley MS Indicted in Millis Armed Robbery

Gino Lister, the former Wellesley Middle School custodian charged last year for several counts of theft from the school, will be in court to face charges in a Millis armed robbery.

The former custodian who was at is facing a new series of charges after a June 21 Norfolk Superior Court indictment.

Gino Lister, 36, of 128 Cheryl Lane, Holliston stands accused of robbing Marinho’s Pizza shop in Millis at knifepoint in May. He has been indicted on three counts of masked armed robbery and one count of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony, according to a press release issued by Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey this afternoon.

The Millis police department responded to the 984 Main Street restaurant May 5 at about 11 a.m. for a report of a robbery, according to the press release. Workers at the shop said that while preparing food in the kitchen in preparation of opening the store, a masked man entered the rear door which leads directly into the kitchen. The man had a knife, described as being five inches long, pointed at the workers and began demanding money, according to court documents.

Although the assailant was allegedly masked, one of the alleged victims identified the man as an ex-employee named Gino, who had worked there approximately three years prior; the victim said he knew it was Gino because of his build and speech, and provided police with Gino’s contact information, according to prosecutors.

After he was placed under arrest and transported to the Millis police station, a search of Lister’s car revealed a hooded sweatshirt, dark colored mask, and a roll of coins consistent with being part of the cash allegedly taken in the robbery, according to court documents.

Lister was arrested last November after a investigation that resulted in the recovery of 10 stolen iPads from the middle school. Jewelry and other items were reported stolen from locked spaces at the school to which Lister had access. 

Lister, who pled not guilty at his arraignment for the Millis charges July 12, is due in Norfolk County Superior Court Aug. 8, which is the same date he is scheduled to face charges related to the Wellesley Middle School theft in Dedham District Court.

“By indicting [the armed robbery] into Superior Court, it opens the possibility that Lister will face more substantial penalties should he eventually be convicted,” according to Morrissey in the press release.


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