Bank robberies in St. John's, Torbay lead to guilty plea

A young man has pleaded guilty to robbing two banks on the northeast Avalon Peninsula last spring.

Scott Cleary set to be sentenced in January

Scott Cleary is escorted to provincial court in St. John's in this file image. (CBC)

A young man has pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery on the northeast Avalon Peninsula last spring. 

Scott Cleary, 20, was involved in robbing a Bank of Montreal branch on Elizabeth Avenue in St. John's in late April, and then a Royal Bank outlet in Torbay in May. 

Cleary, who was arrested shortly after the Torbay incident, pleaded guilty in provincial court on Monday to the armed robberies as well as having his face disguised during the holdups. 

The Crown has withdrawn conspiracy charges against Cleary. 

Police said a knife was used in each bank robbery. 

Cleary is set to be sentenced on Jan. 28. 

Meanwhile, Brenna Gillespie, 20, still faces charges in the robbery of the Royal Bank in Torbay. A preliminary inquiry is scheduled to begin in February. She has elected to be tried by judge alone in Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. 


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