A Minneapolis federal judge today (Wednesday) handed down a stiff sentence to a 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty to armed robbery of two Roseville sandwich shops and one in Newport in late 2011.
U.S. District Judge David Doty sentenced Scott Luedtke, no known address, to 295 months for armed robbery of two Subway sandwich shops and one Quiznos. Luedtke was sentenced on one count of interference with commerce by robbery, pursuant to the Hobbs Act, and one count of possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis.
Luedtke' sentencing came after he admitted, in a recent plea agreement, that last Dec. 29 he entered a Subway sandwich shop in Roseville, armed with a sawed-off shotgun.
"Luedtke pointed the shotgun at various employees and customers and told them to get on the ground,'' according to statement from the Attorney's Office. "He then told the teller to give him money, opened the cash register, and stole all the money from it. The total was approximately $310."
Two days later, at about 11 a.m., Luedtke entered the Quiznos sandwich shop in Roseville, according to U.S. Attorney's Office. "He was again armed with a sawed-off shotgun. While brandishing the weapon, he demanded that the employees give him all the money in the cash register.
"Before any money was turned over, the store manager ran from the shop. Luedtke followed him into the parking lot, grabbed him, put the shotgun to his head, and uttered, “Boom.” Luedtke then ran to a stolen vehicle and drove away from the scene. Authorities apprehended him later that evening."
According to the plea agreement, Luedtke also admitted that last Dec. 31 at about 1 p.m.-only a couple hours after the attempted robbery of the Roseville Quiznos shop- he robbed the Subway sandwich shop in Newport at gun point, fleeing with about $154.
The federal Hobbs Act allows U.S. prosecutors to prosecute violent habitual criminals who commit armed robberies in places of business that involve interstate commerce. Federal prosecution of these cases is sometimes beneficial since federal penalties are often tougher than those imposed under state law, according to representatives for the Attorney's Office in Minneapolis.
In Luedtke's case, he was setenced to 175 months of count one (interference with commerce by robbery) and 120 months on the second count (use of a firearm during a crime of violence) with the sentences to run consecutively. A representative for the Attorney's Office said that Luedtke's past criminal history played a major role in his lengthy sentencing.
In a memorandum, staff attorneys said Luedtke has a track record of committing serious and violent crimes. By the age of 17, he had been adjudicated a delinquent six times including incidents for fifth-degree assault and domestic assault.
"By the age of 21, he (Luedtke) had been convicted of four adult offenses for theft, terroristic threats (the defendant threatened a former girlfriend and two of her friends with a knife), first degree aggravated robbery (the defendant robbed a Walgreen's Pharmacy employee at gunpoint), and another first degree aggravated robbery (the defendant assaulted the victim by striking him in the face with the blunt end of a knife before stealing his vehicle," according to assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Hollenhorst.
The prosecution of the Luedtke case was the result of collaboration between several law enforcement agencies including the Roseville Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carol Kayser and Hollenhorst.
To see prior Patch coverage of the Roseville sandwich shop robberies and charges against Luedtke, click on to the following links:
St. Paul Man Arrested for Alleged Attempted Robbery
Man Indicted in Robbery of Roseville Quiznos Sandwich Shop
Man Pleads Guilty To Roseville Quiznos Robbery
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