VIDEO: Masked bandits storm Bronx jewelry store, steal $2 million worth of gems


A masked wrecking crew armed with a sledgehammer raided a Bronx jewelry store, taking $2.15 million worth of expensive trinkets in a lightning-fast heist captured on video, the city said. police Saturday.

The four-man crew hit up Rocco’s Jewelry on Webster Ave. near E. Fordham Road in Fordham on Friday after an official ushered one of the suspects into the locked store, cops said.

Surveillance video recovered by police from the scene shows the suspect wearing sunglasses, a white t-shirt and a black cap posing as a potential customer when the worker allowed him to enter around 2.30pm.

But instead of entering, the suspect held the door open for three other men in masks and black hoodies.

One of the men used a hammer to smash display cases while his accomplice knocked down displays of jewelry, which he gave to another man, who stuffed the rings, bracelets and necklaces into a tote bag, show the video.

Thieves entered and exited the store within 30 seconds, security video reveals. One of the crooks kept grabbing his pocket as if he had a gun, but never showed one, the manager told police.

Rocco’s Jewelry employees estimate that $2.15 million worth of jewelry was stolen.

There have been a string of other jewelry thefts in the Bronx and Brooklyn where thieves pound storefronts with hammers.

On May 1, a man wearing a black hoodie rushed to the window of M&NP Jewelers on White Plains Rd. in Pelham Parkway, swinging a hammer. The suspect smashed through the glass and grabbed as much jewelry as he could through a hole in the glass and passed it to an accomplice holding a bag.

The next day, half a dozen thieves hit Dorian’s Jewelry on Fifth Ave. at 55th St. in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. They used hammers and a pickaxe to smash the front glass, then stole over $187,000 in gold jewelry. The crooks escaped in a similar BMW sedan and a black Honda Accord.

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

Police released images and video of the latest robbery on Saturday in hopes someone would recognize the suspects, who are all described as black men in their 20s with slim builds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.


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