Christopher Evans pleads not guilty in Americana Manhasset jewelry heist
A Brooklyn man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he took part in a brazen 2011 robbery at a jewelry store in the Americana Manhasset mall, prosecutors said.
First District Court Judge Colin O'Donnell ordered Christopher Evans, 28, held on $500,000 bail or $1 million bond. He is due back in court Monday. He was represented by the Nassau Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on individual cases.
Evans was arrested Wednesday by U.S. marshals from the Regional Fugitive Task Force in Brooklyn and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree criminal use of a firearm, police said.
He is one of five men charged in the October 2011 robbery of London Jewelers. Authorities said $800,000 worth of high-end watches were stolen but were later found in a duffle bag in a garbage can on the day of the robbery and initial arrests.
The four gunmen, wearing black bandannas over their faces, smashed a display case and took Rolex and Breitling watches, police said, and headed across a parking lot to a black Escalade and their getaway driver.
Javon Gamble, 33, of Brooklyn, was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Two other men have since pleaded guilty to robbery and criminal mischief charges and are awaiting sentencing. A fourth is awaiting trial.