New York NY Nov 23 2016 Dramatic surveillance video released Tuesday shows two masked thugs pulling off an armed heist at a tony Madison Avenue jewelry store.
The robbers were caught on camera calmly strolling into Jaeger-LeCoultre near East 62nd Street just before 11 a.m. Monday, then suddenly whipping out a gun and ordering the three workers inside to hit the floor.
One of the thieves keeps his weapon trained on everyone inside while his cohort smashes several of the shop’s glass display cases with a claw hammer, the video shows.
The hammer-wielding suspect first hits a rectangular display case mounted on a wall, hacking away at its thick protective glass more than 10 times before finally creating a big enough hole for him to fit his gloved hand through.
He swipes two costly watches from the case before moving on to a long countertop display.
It then takes at least eight hits with the hammer to create a hole he can reach through and grab three more watches. At one point, it appears the suspect may have cut himself while reaching in — stopping him from swiping more, according to the video.
The thieves then coolly saunter out of the shop and down Madison out of view with their loot of five watches worth $300,000.
“We have two, it appears, male whites,’’ NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters Tuesday. “They’re heavily wrapped up — one has a pull-down hat, and you can’t make an identification on him.
“We’re going back to see if we can see them with a better observation’’ from other possible surveillance footage down the street, Boyce said.
The fact that the suspects were so heavily covered up is hampering the investigation, sources said.
Both men were dressed in dark heavy winter coats and hats and wore sunglasses with black scarves over the lower halves of their faces.
The one with the gun wore a blue and white Yankees cap, while the one with the hammer had a striped knit hat on his head.
New York Post