A robbery by four masked men who brazenly broke into a Bronx jewelry store last week and made off with an estimated $2 million worth of merchandise is under investigation, according to the NYPD.
The incident, which involved four men wearing face masks and was recorded by the business’s surveillance camera, happened shortly after 2.30pm local time on Friday afternoon. The footage shows a man initially standing in the doorway of Rocco’s Jewelry, a retailer whose store is located on a busy Bronx avenue, steps from Fordham University and across the street from the Nova Botanic Garden York.
In the video, the first man waits at the entrance before opening the door. He proceeds to hold it open as three additional men, each dressed in dark clothing, approach the store. The trio use hammers to break open display cases that line the desk at Rocco’s Jewelry, quickly removing items from the shelves and stuffing them into bags.
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The first man remains standing in the doorway throughout the 45-second video, looking out onto the sunlit street where a number of people are seen walking by. NYPD Crime Stoppers shared the clip on Twitter, along with a message asking anyone with information about the robbery to report it by phone or direct message.
Witnesses later suggested the robbery had been carefully planned, as it only lasted about a minute, according to. Rocco’s Jewelry was closed Saturday while detectives examined the scene and determined the collective value of the stolen goods to be about $2 million, CBS New York reported.
None of the four people who carried out the robbery had been identified as of Sunday morning, and the NYPD has not shared additional updates on whether or not they have been found. Police are offering a reward of up to $3,500 for tips.