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Three sentenced for ‘inside job’ armored truck theft

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A federal judge sentenced three men on Feb. 20 for their role in an armored bank truck theft at the HSBC on Sunrise Highway in a crime federal prosecutors described as an “inside job.”

United States District Judge Sandra Feuerstein sentenced Alexis Laguerra, Raymond Soto Jr. and Raymond Soto Sr. to 30, 33 and 18 months in prison respectively for stealing more than $500,000 from an armored truck parked outside the Valley Stream bank on Nov. 2, 2018.

According to prosecutors, Laguerra was an employee of GardaWorld, the owner of the truck, and used his knowledge of the company’s operations to help plot the theft whereby he left the truck unattended during a scheduled bank delivery. Soto Jr., also known as “rambo” got into the truck and drove it a short distance away, removing the cash and meeting up with his father, also known as “razor” who served as the getaway driver. Police later recovered $130,000 of the money from Soto Sr.’s home in Queens.

All three pleaded guilty to the crime in April of last year. In addition to prison time they were ordered to pay a forfeiture of $300,00 and restitution of $510,000 to GardaWorld.

“This inside job has landed the defendants inside prison where they can contemplate what a foolhardy idea this crime was,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement. “I commend the FBI and the Nassau County Police Department for quickly solving this crime and demonstrating, once again, that crime doesn’t pay.”