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Third Saugerties bank heist defendant admits guilt

From left, Amanda Muhs, 29, Ryan Novick, 31,

From left, Amanda Muhs, 29, Ryan Novick, 31, and John Streb, 28, robbed the Sawyer Savings Bank on April 10, 2012 in Saugerties. Photo Credit: Saugerties Police Department

The third defendant in an April bank robbery in Ulster County has admitted to his role in the crime, officials said.

John B. Streb, 28, of the city of Rochester pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Ulster County Court in the April 10 heist at the Sawyer Savings Bank in Saugerties, Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said in a statement.

Streb admitted planning and carrying out the robbery with accomplices Ryan W. Novick, 31, of the city of Rochester and Amanda K. Muhs, 29, of Albany, in proceedings before Judge Donald Williams, Carnright said. Novick was convicted of the crime last week; Muhs had previously pleaded guilty.

Streb admitted that he entered the bank while Novick acted as the getaway driver. Muhs' role in the robbery was not clear. Police arrested the trio just before 4 p.m. on April 10, just three hours after the robbery took place. No one was injured and no weapons were used.

Streb faces a maximum of seven years in state prison when he is sentenced Feb. 5, Carnright said. His previous criminal record includes felony convictions for robbery, possession of stolen property, grand larceny and attempted grand larceny, all of them committed in Monroe County, Carnright said.

Assistant Ulster District Attorney Michael Kavanaugh prosecuted the case. No attorney information for Streb was available Thursday.

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