Video Shows Thieves Stealing Over Half Million Dollars in Jewels After Smashing a Front Window With a Sledgehammer

A reward is being offered for any information.

A jewelry store in Manhattan, New York City, was robbed of over half a million dollars in merchandise after robbers used a sledgehammer to smash through the front window. The smash-and-grab happened at Cellini Jewelers on 430 Park Avenue, just after 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. Security footage caught the suspects on camera—here's what happened.

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Leaving a Huge Mess

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Footage posted by the New York City Police Department shows the thieves almost falling on top of each other from the force with which they break through the window. Using a sledgehammer, the suspects smashed into the store and can be seen knocking over the cases to steal the items inside. The three men also use the sledgehammer to break into display cases, leaving the floor covered with broken glass. Keep reading to learn more and see the video.

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Reward Offered

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After pocketing over $500K worth of jewelry from the store, the three suspects escaped in a silver sedan. The NYPD posted the video on Twitter, with a caption asking the public for help: "🚨WANTED🚨for a [email protected] 430 Park Avenue (Cellini Jewelers) @NYPDMTN #Manhattan on 10/15/[email protected] 3:33A.M., Once inside, the 3 individuals took high end jewelry estimated value is over $500,000.💰Reward up to $3500 Know who they are?📲Call 1-800-577-TIPS Calls are CONFIDENTIAL!"

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On the Run

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As of Tuesday, October 18, no arrests have been made, but the NYPD is hoping someone will recognize the men (even though they are masked). Some Twitter commenters are pointing out that the reward offered doesn't even come close to the amount stolen. "A reward of "up to 3.5k" for an estimated loss value of $500k is extremely low. If the point is to apprehend the thieves and prevent similar crimes the reward should be higher. The owner should offer no less than 150k and up to 30% of the stolen merchandise appraisal," one commenter says.

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Crime Is Up In NYC

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The NYPD are warning that crime in the city was up 31% in July, and robberies were up 37%, compared to last year. "Everyone who lives, works and visits here deserves to be safe, and the members of the NYPD will tolerate nothing less," said Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell. "But we cannot do it alone. When violent criminals are willing to carry illegal guns on our streets and brazenly shoot at innocent people they must face real consequences."

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"Unsafe" City

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Former New York governor David Paterson says the city has never felt so dangerous to him. "I never felt as unsafe as I do now just walking around," he told host John Catsimatidis on WABC Radio's "Cats Roundtable." "For the first time in my life, even in the late '80s and '90s when the crime rate was killing 2,000 people a year, I never felt as unsafe as I do now just walking around. You're hearing about an assault on the subway almost every other day." 

Ferozan Mast
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