Shocking moment New York gang steals TWO MILLION dollars worth of jewelry from Bronx store

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Surveillance footage has captured the shocking moment four masked thieves stole more than $2 million worth of jewelry from a New York store before fleeing in broad daylight.

It shows a man in a white t-shirt, sunglasses, dark jeans and a baseball cap standing outside the entrance to Rocco’s Jewelry in the Bronx just after 2:30 p.m. Friday before the door opened.

Rather than enter, however, the man holds the door open as two other masked men run inside.

Once they are safely inside the store, one of the men can be seen pulling out a sledgehammer which he is using to start opening glass display cases, while the other man wearing clothes dark, green baseball cap and white sneakers pulls out a tray full of jewelry.

Just then, a third accomplice rushes into the store and opens a red reusable shopping bag into which the man in the green cap empties the contents of the tray.

Together they continue to grab what appears to be for more jewelry trays as the first man continues to guard the door as people pass.

After about 45 seconds, the cheeky thieves emerge from the store, fleeing on foot.

Store workers estimate the thieves got away with $2.15 million in merchandise, the New York Daily News reports.

CCTV footage from Rocco’s Jewelry captured the moment a man in a white t-shirt, dark pants, sunglasses and a baseball cap held the door open for three thieves after they waited outside that manager opens the door.

Once inside, one of the men could be seen pulling out a sledgehammer which he uses to start opening glass display cases

Once inside, one of the men could be seen pulling out a sledgehammer which he uses to start opening glass display cases

Rocco’s Jewelry, which is a short walk from Fordham University and down the road from the New York Botanical Garden, remained closed on Saturday as police continued to investigate the theft.

Store workers say a manager ushered the first man into the store after he waited outside, they told the Daily News, noting that one of the men continued to grab his pocket as if he had a gun, but never showed one.

Witnesses said they believe the robbery was well-planned as they described to CBS 2 how the hammer blow was so loud they thought they heard gunshots.

“They came in, boom, boom, boom, in and out, left,” said one man, while another described the event as “Unfortunate, even though [the store’s] probably insured.

“But these kinds of things happen,” he said.

In fact, the brazen mid-afternoon robbery follows a series of similar robberies at other New York jewelry stores.

On May 1, reports the Daily News, a man wearing a black hoodie ran out the window of M&NP Jewelers elsewhere in the Bronx swinging a hammer.

He then smashed through the glass and grabbed as much jewelry as he could through a hole in the glass, passing what he could to an accomplice holding a bag.

The next day, half a dozen thieves hit Dorian’s Jewelry in Brooklyn using a hammer and pickaxe to smash the front window.

These thieves stole over $187,000 worth of gold jewelry.

Cops now believe the crew is responsible for 16 other burglaries in the Bronx and Queens since Feb. 25.

They are now offering a reward of up to $3,500 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects in Friday’s robbery, all of whom are described as black men in their 20s with lean builds.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will remain anonymous.

A second man, wearing a green baseball cap, began grabbing trays from display cases, which he poured into a reusable red bag which the third man held open.

A second man, wearing a green baseball cap, began grabbing trays from display cases, which he poured into a reusable red bag which the third man held open.

After about 45 seconds, the men fled the store on foot and remain at large.

After about 45 seconds, the men fled the store on foot and remain at large.

Rocco's Jewelry, located a short walk from Fordham University, remained closed on Saturday as New York cops continued to investigate

Rocco’s Jewelry, located a short walk from Fordham University, remained closed on Saturday as New York cops continued to investigate

Friday’s midday robbery came just days after New York City Mayor Eric Adams revealed that just 10 individual felons accounted for 500 of the city’s arrests over the past two years – and at least six of them. they are still walking in the streets. .

He called on judges and the New York State Legislature to scrap lax bail reforms that he says are keeping felons off the streets, explaining how the 2020 reforms, introduced under former Governor Andrew Cuomo and former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio made it impossible for criminals to go to jail.

At the press conference, Adams, a former cop, fumed, “You have to work really hard to get to Rykers right now. To get there, you did something really bad.

He allowed some of the cops to give details of some of the ten offenders – but refused to share their names or photos with the press, saying he had to ‘follow the rules’.

Among them was a criminal labeled “recidivist number one” who has been arrested 101 times in his life, mostly for petty larceny.

“We arrested him 101 times, but how many crimes do you think he really committed?” 200? 300? 1,000? said Chief of Crime Strategies Michael Lipetri.

“This individual that I am talking about, he has 14 defects to appear.

“He’s walking the streets today, probably committing another crime as we speak,” he added.

Another is a burglar who has been arrested 57 times since 2020, while another assaulted a police officer and did not appear in court but remains on the streets.

‘It’s a crime wave and guess what? He walks the streets of New York, probably committing another crime.

Despite the fact that some of the men have outstanding arrest warrants for them, Adams would not name them at the press conference.

He said he was bound by “lawyer rules” and could not share the men’s identities.

New York Mayor Eric Adams, himself a former cop, last week called on judges and the New York state legislature to scrap lax bail reforms that he says keep felons in the lurch. street.

On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams revealed that just 10 individual felons accounted for 500 of the city’s arrests over the past two years – and at least six of them are still walking the streets.

Crime in New York continues to soar as more repeat offenders are released on immediate or low-cost bonds

Crime in New York continues to soar as more repeat offenders are released on immediate or low-cost bonds

Meanwhile, crime in the Big Apple continues to spin out of control.

According to data released by the New York Police Department, violent crime in the five boroughs is up 36.8% from last year.

This increase is due to a notable increase in the number of robberies and burglaries, which increased by 39.6% and 33% respectively.

According to the data, the number of major thefts is now almost double what it was in the same period last year, while major car thefts increased by 44.4%.

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