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New York Man Admits Participating in Seven Armed Robberies of Electronics Stores in New Jersey and New York

U.S. Attorney’s Office September 11, 2013
  • District of New Jersey (973) 645-2888

TRENTON, NJ—A Long Island, New York man admitted today to participating in seven armed robberies of electronics stores in New Jersey and New York, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Leonard Arrington, 27, of Roslyn Heights, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robberies and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Arrington was arrested on May 22, 2013, and had been originally charged in an indictment in connection with the October 2, 2012 robbery of a Woodbridge, New Jersey T-Mobile store. He has been in custody since his arrest.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Between May 30, 2012, and October 2, 2012, Arrington conspired with others to commit a series of gunpoint electronics store robberies during which he and accomplices stole merchandise for illegal resale. Typically, store employees were threatened at gunpoint and restrained during the robberies.

In pleading guilty to the gun charge, Arrington admitted that on October 2, 2012, he entered a T-Mobile store in Woodbridge, brandishing a firearm, along with another man. After locking the front door, the men took the employees to the back of the store and tied them up and then stole approximately 40 cell phones. One of the robbers then called the getaway driver, who drove them away in a Land Rover. Accomplices delivered the stolen phones to a cell phone store in Brooklyn.

In all, Arrington admitted to participating in the following robberies: 

May 30, 2012 Radio Shack New Rochelle, New York
June 11, 2012 T-Mobile Hempstead, New York
June 18, 2012 Radio Shack Westbury, New York
June 20, 2012 T-Mobile West Hempstead, New York
June 21, 2012 Radio Shack Rockville Center, New York
September 20, 2012 T-Mobile Linden, New Jersey
October 2, 2012 T-Mobile Woodbridge, New Jersey

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. The firearm charge carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison, which must run consecutively to one another and to any other prison term. Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for January 22, 2014.

U.S. Attorney Fishman praised special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation. He also thanked the Linden and Woodbridge Police Departments in New Jersey, as well as the New York City and Nassau County Police Departments and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York for their excellent work in this case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Osmar J. Benvenuto and Nicholas P. Grippo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division.

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