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New charge for man charged in Forks Township cell phone robbery

FORKS TWP., Pa. - A slew of cell phone store robberies, a murder, and a kidnapping, and officials believe they are all connected.

While a taskforce continues to work the case, one of the men charged in it went before a judge Wednesday.

The defense was ready to present its case at the preliminary hearing until a new felony charge was announced and prosecutors unsealed the affidavit of probable cause.

The unsealed court paperwork is shedding more light into the robbery of the Verizon Store in Forks Township on October 29, 2016.

Investigators using a confidential source said Nadir Chandler, whose street name is Starz, went to the store to collect a drug debt from an employee.

Instead of money, Chandler brought back 77 electronic devices. Five of the stolen phones were sold to the confidential source.

Chandler was in court to face charges of robbery and receiving stolen property, but a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery changed that.

"I was not going to waive until the F1 was added,” said Chandler’s attorney Tyree Blair. “I was not exactly expecting that to be added today, but when I got a chance to see the affidavit of probable cause I see why it was."

The Forks Township robbery is just one in a string of five in the Lehigh Valley.

There is also a murder investigation. Michael Davis, an employee at the Forks store, was gunned down in front of his home.

Chandler told his attorney he had nothing to do with shooting of Davis, which his attorney believes given the new charge.

"I'm thinking if it was going to take place it would have been added here today,” said Blair. “It was not added which is good for Mr. Chandler."

Others have been charged in connection to the string of robberies. Vaughn Felix and Gregory Lewis are charged with robbing the Wind Gap Verizon store.

69 News continued to press Chandler about the Forks Township robbery as he left the courtroom and he said, “Ask Vaughn Felix."

Chandler's attorney told 69 News that Vaughn Felix and his client are currently separated as they await trial.

Felix is currently in the Monroe County prison and Chandler is in Northampton County.

No comment from the prosecutor's office about if or when more charges will be announced.

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