Detroit man pleads guilty to robbing Jared jewelry store in North Fayette in 2015 |

Detroit man pleads guilty to robbing Jared jewelry store in North Fayette in 2015


A former Detroit man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal district court in Pittsburgh to the 2015 “smash-and-grab” robbery of a North Fayette jewelry store, federal officials said.

Lonnie James Moton, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of robbing the Jared Jewelry store in North Fayette in 2015.

He is already in federal prison serving a sentence for two other smash-and-grab robberies he committed in North Carolina and Michigan, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said that on Oct. 23, 2015, Moton and three other men entered the store during business hours and used sledgehammers to smash glass display cases in the presence of store employees.

The robbers were able to get away with about $680,000 worth of jewelry and precious stones.

Federal court records show he was indicted by a federal grand jury last March.

Moton is serving a sentence at the federal prison in McKean County for two out-of-state smash-and-grab robberies, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said in a news release.

U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose scheduled sentencing for Jan. 8

The FBI and the North Fayette Police Department conducted the investigation.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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