A shocking video shows a group of armed men storming a New Jersey jewelry store – and allegedly making off with over $1 million worth of items in about 60 seconds.
About eight masked thieves dressed in hoodies and dark clothing are seen breaking into Virani Jewelers in Iselin in Middlesex County during the wild smash and grab, with one jumping a shop window as the others shout for the employees fall to the ground.
One of the suspects points a gun at an employee sitting near the entrance and appears to punch him before the man falls to the ground, video shows. The other criminals get to work using a sledgehammer to smash windows and stuff bags full of merchandise as a woman lies motionless on the ground, the footage shows.
One of the thieves takes trays full of items and nonchalantly exits the store, passing a cohort standing guard at the door. The other suspects follow soon after in a sprint, all over in about a minute.
The theft took place around 7.45pm on Friday, minutes before closing time, with the owner of a nearby store estimating the value of the items taken at more than $1 million, according to ABC 7 New York.
“How comfortable and confident they were,” Misbah Chaudhry told the Thieves’ Station.
“They walked in like they owned the store, they were like, ‘Okay, everybody down,’ breaking stuff, stuffing their bags, walking away like they had no worries at all. world.”
The Woodbridge Police Department is asking people with information to contact detectives at (732) 624-7700, according to ABC. A representative did not return a call from the Post on Tuesday.
Virani’s owner was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, a store employee said.