A Brooklyn man was convicted for his role in robbing an East Meadow gas station last May.
According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, on May 10, 2010, Troy Motayne, 35, and another man, Marvin Gay, allegedly broke into a Toyota Tundra that was parked at on Hempstead Turnpike. The truck's owner, who was inside the station at the time of the robbery, was a courier collecting cash receipts for 17 gas stations owned by a management group. The Mobil station was his last stop.
Officials said that when the courier ran out to try to stop Motayne and Gay, Motayne displayed what appeared to be the handle of a black handgun and threatened to shoot the courier. After Gay and Motayne ran to the back of the gas station, the courier observed them entering a silver Cadillac that was driven by a third man, identified as Ainsley Reynolds.
The three men stole $194,000 during the robbery, according to the DA's office.
Police arrested Motayne on June 6, 2010, after getting a partial license plate number from a witness and a subsequent investigation. Reynolds was arrested on June 9, 2010, and Gay was arrested on June 29, 2010.
Motayne was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, second degree grand larceny, second degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree criminal mischief and false personation. He faces up to 25 years in prison and will be sentenced on Aug. 18.
“We’re pleased that the jury was able to hold the defendant accountable for his crimes,” Rice said. “Thanks to the excellent work by members of my office and the Nassau County Police Department, Mr. Motayne is facing a very long time behind bars.”
Reynolds pleaded guilty to first degree robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison on Feb. 7, 2011. Gay’s case is still pending.