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Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for EM Gas Station Robbery

Motayne and two others stole more than $190K

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the robbery of an East Meadow gas station in May 2010 that resulted in the theft of $194,000, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Dec. 15.

A jury convicted Troy Motayne, 35, last June of Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and False Personation, said the DA.

Rice said that on May 10, 2010 at approximately 11:38 a.m., Motayne and another man, Marvin Gay, broke into a Toyota Tundra that was parked at the Mobil on the Run gas station on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow. The truck’s owner, who was inside the station at the time of the robbery, was a courier collecting cash receipts from 17 gas stations owned by a management group, said Rice, and the East Meadow station was the last one on his route.

When the courier ran out of the station to try to stop Motayne and Gay, Motayne displayed what appeared to be the handle of a black handgun in his waistband and threatened to shoot him, Rice added. The courier followed Motayne and Gay as they ran around the back of the gas station and into a waiting silver Cadillac driven by a third man, Ainsley Reynolds, and the three men stole approximately $194,000 from the courier’s vehicle, Rice said.

Motayne was arrested on June 6, 2010 after police were able to track him down from a partial license plate taken down by a witness and a subsequent investigation, Rice explained.  Reynolds was arrested June 9, 2010 and Gay on June 29, 2010 and approximately $42,000 of the robbery’s proceeds has been recovered, said Rice.

Reynolds pleaded guilty to Robbery in the First Degree and was sentenced to five years in prison on Feb. 7, 2011. Gay’s case is still pending, the DA said.

“Today’s sentence ensures that a very violent criminal will be off of Nassau County streets for a very long time, and our communities are safer for it,” Rice said. “I want to commend the expert work performed by members of my office and the Nassau County Police Department in solving this case.”

Assistant District Attorney Christine Geier of the County Court Trial Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Tony Collelueri, Esq., represents Motayne.