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Lookout for bank robbery crew pleads guilty, prosecutors say

A lookout for armed robbers who stole more than $70,000 from banks in Nassau County and Queens in a three-month period last year has pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

Leroy Scott, 28, of Far Rockaway, made the plea Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said in a news release.

Scott faces a maximum sentence of 25 years for armed bank robbery and from 7 years to life for a related firearms charge, prosecutors said.

Scott’s lawyer was not available to comment Wednesday.

In the Aug. 21, 2017, robbery of Bridgehampton Savings Bank in Hewlett, for example, Scott served as the lookout for Pedro Benitez, 21, of Far Rockaway, prosecutors said.

Benitez ordered customers and workers to the floor at gunpoint, prosecutors said, and demanded money as getaway driver Troy Tavares, 22, also of Far Rockaway, waited outside.

Benitez, who in August was sentenced to almost 11 years in prison, fled with more than $12,000, according to prosecutors. Tavares drove him to a nearby meeting place where they split the cash with Scott and another co-conspirator, whom prosecutors did not identify in their statement.

Scott also has admitted to helping to plan and serve as the lookout for two other robberies in Nassau, prosecutors said. The crew also stole from a bank in Queens.

Officials previously said the 2017 robberies were: $2,200 from Roslyn Savings Bank in Valley Stream on July 14; $6,750 from a TD Bank branch in Cedarhurst on Aug. 7; the Hewlett robbery on Aug. 21; and more than $50,000 from a Fresh Meadows branch of the Queens County Savings bank on Sept. 20.

Scott is the last of the five co-defendants in the crew to plead guilty, prosecutors said. The FBI and Nassau County police joined in announcing the plea.

The sentence for Benitez requires him to pay $71,395 in restitution and spend 3 years under supervision after his release, prosecutors said.

Tavares, who faces the same sentence as Scott, must also help pay restitution, prosecutors said late last month.

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