NJ man jailed in string of multi-state robberies faces new charge

Francis Simmons (Maryland State Police)

DENVER, Pa. (WHTM) – A federal inmate jailed in connection to several multi-state robberies is facing new charges for a robbery that happened two years ago in Lancaster County.

FBI investigators say a trail of blood evidence linked Francis Michael Simmons to a burglary at a Denver consignment shop back in December 2013.

Simmons reportedly broke a glass showcase at the German Trading Post and stole an estimated $7,800 worth of jewelry and gold coins.

Simmons, who has been in Columbia County Prison since the summer, was initially charged on a total of 16 robberies, spanning from Nov. 2013 to Nov. 2014. Most of those crimes occurred in Pennsylvania, but also in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina.

Judge Nancy Hamill arraigned Simmons and set an additional $100,000 bail as result of his latest charge.

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