Man arrested in 2011 jewelry store robbery in Manhasset


A Brooklyn man was arrested Wednesday and charged with being one of five robbers in a daring 2011 robbery at a jewelry store in the posh Americana Manhasset mall, police said.

Christopher Evans, 28, was arrested in Brooklyn by U.S. Marshals from the Regional Fugitive Task Force and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree criminal use of a firearm.

Four men were arrested on the same charges shortly after the October 14, 2011 robbery at London Jewelers, 2046 Northern Blvd. Authorities said $800,000 worth of high-end watches were stolen, but were later found in a sports bag in a trash can on the day of the theft and the first arrests.

Javon Gamble, 33, of Brooklyn, who was arrested in October 2011, was convicted of first-degree robbery in March in the case. Gamble had previously served 15 years on a murder conviction in 1995.

During Gamble’s robbery trial, Wilson Cosme, a jewelry store security guard, said men broke into the store with guns and a sledgehammer. They ordered everyone to the ground, Cosme said, and then one of the gunmen said, “I dare you to move.”

The four gunmen, wearing black bandanas over their faces, smashed a shop window and took Rolex and Breitling watches before leaving, police said, and headed into a parking lot toward a black Escalade and their fleeing driver .

Nassau officers chased that vehicle west on the LIE before the robbers abandoned it and attempted to escape on foot, police said. Four of the five were later arrested in the vicinity of Lake Success Country Club after a search by various law enforcement units, police said. No one was reported injured.

The three men charged with Gamble on the day of the robbery were still awaiting trial in March when a jury found him guilty. The status of their cases could not be determined Wednesday evening.

Evans was due to be arraigned in Hempstead First District Court on Thursday.


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