Timothy Forbes was also involved in a December 2012 robbery of Bixler’s Jewelers in Whitehall Township, prosecutors said.

An Allentown man serving 14 years for a jewelry store robbery in York County, is now facing 19 more years for a more sinister version of the crime in Connecticut.

Timothy Forbes was one of five men, four from the Lehigh Valley, charged in the April 2013 robbery of Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The four co-defendants in the Connecticut case were previously sentenced as follows:

  • Kasam Hennix, of Easton, was sentenced to 14 years and three months.
  • William Davis, of Allentown, was sentenced to 14 years and eight months.
  • Jeffrey Houston, of Allentown, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years.
  • Christopher Gay, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years.

The five men were ordered to pay more than $3.1 million in restitution, and have forfeited gemstones, jewelry, watches, a vehicle, and more than $127,000 in cash seized from them at the time of their arrests, prosecutors said in a news release.

Investigators said Forbes, Houston and Gay traveled from Pennsylvania to Connecticut several times prior to the robbery, in order to track the victims as they traveled from work to their home. Forbes and Gay placed a GPS unit on one ofg the victim’s vehicles to make it easier to track him, prosecutors said.

The 35-year-old Forbes pleaded guilty in January to kidnapping, interference with commerce by robbery and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He was sentenced on Friday to 19 years in prison, followed by five years of probation.

Forbes was involved in three other similar jewelry store robberies, prosecutors said, including the December 2012 robbery of Bixler’s Jewelers in Whitehall Township.

Prosecutors link Connecticut jewelry heist to 2012 Bixler’s robbery

According to sentencing documents for Gay, he along with Forbes, Houston and Hennix were responsible for the Dec. 28, 2012, kidnapping of a Bixler’s Jewelers gemologist at his West Bethlehem home.

Houston and Hennix allegedly held the employee and his wife at gunpoint, bound them with duct tape and placed pillowcases over their heads.

Forbes called Houston and Hennix once Bixler’s closed, and the pair took the gemologist to the store in a stolen car, forcing him to unlock the door, disarm the alarm and open the safes while Gay kept watch over the wife, prosecutors say.

Houston and Hennis stole about 46 Rolex watches, loose diamonds and gold valued at about $500,000 wholesale in total, according to the court records.

Six months earlier, prosecutors said Forbes along with Jamell Smallwood and Jesse Brewer robbed a York County store of more than 50 Rolex watches valued at more than $500,000.

In July 2012, Smallwood, of Allentown, and Brewer entered White Jewelers and Brewer shot the owner three times, permanently disabling him, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

As Smallwood came out the back of the store, he was shot in the abdomen by Brewer, apparently with a pistol belonging to the owner, authorities said.

Forbes proceeded to break the jewelry cases and stash in a duffle bag 53 watches worth $380,149. Forbes was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the White Jewelers robbery.

Brewer was convicted at trial in September 2015 of robbery and firearms offenses. He was sentenced Feb. 24 to life imprisonment plus 20 years. Smallwood pleaded guilty previously and was sentenced to 17 years for his role in this robbery.

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