Cortland Man Pleads Guilty to 2013 Tops Markets Knife-point Hold-up
A Cortland man has pled guilty in connection with a knife point robbery at the Tops grocery store in Cortlandville last December .
Back on December 31st County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Tops Grocery Store on Route 281.
Just before 3:30 in the morning a white male dressed in dark colored clothing, wearing a red bandana over his face entered the store and approached a clerk, the suspect threatened the clerk with a knife and demanded money, the clerk cooperated and turned over just over $300 dollars in cash. No one was injured and the the thief fled.
Yesterday 21 year old Brian Strough of 50 Charles Street, Cortland who was arrested a short time after the robbery pled guilty in connection with the hold-up.
Strough appeared in County Court yesterday where he pled guilty to a single felony count of robbery, he had initially been charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and petit larceny.
In court Strough admitted he was responsible for the theft, in exchange for the guilty plea County D-A Mark Suben is seeking a 1 to 3 year prison term. Suben said he would consider a reduced sentence based on the outcome of a presentence investigation.
Strough must also repay over $300 dollars in restitution to Tops, he is due to be sentenced on July 29th.