Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery Of Cell Phone Store

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Troy L. McCullough, a/k/a Trey, 48, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in prison and a maximum of life.

Assistant U.S. Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that on December 3, 2019, the defendant and co-defendants James A. Houston, a/k/a Hood, and Raekwon D. Fuqua, and others, robbed the AT&T store at gunpoint on E. Ridge Road in the Town of Irondequoit. McCullough entered the store wearing a mask and gloves, brandished and pointed a firearm at a store employee while ordering him to open the safe, held the employee at gunpoint while he and defendant Fuqua removed 32 cellular phones from the store safe, and took them out of the store. The cellular telephones were valued at over $32,344. McCullough was arrested shortly after the robbery at a residence on Champlain Street in Rochester, where the stolen phones were recovered.

Defendants Fuqua and Houston were previously convicted of Hobbs Act robbery and are awaiting sentencing.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan; and the Irondequoit Police Department, under the direction of Chief Alan Laird.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2020, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.