A burglary is being investigated by four masked men who brazenly broke into a Bronx jewelry store last week and stole an estimated $2 million in merchandise, according to the New York Police Department.
The incident, which involved four men wearing face masks and was recorded by the company’s surveillance camera, occurred just after 2:30 p.m. local time on Friday afternoon. The footage shows a man initially standing at the front door of Rocco’s Jewelery store, a retailer whose store is located on a busy street in the Bronx, steps from Fordham University and down the road from the New York Botanical Garden.
In the videoThe first man waits at the entrance before he opens the door. He proceeded to keep it open while three more men, each dressed in dark clothes, rushed into the store. The trio use hammers to break open the display boxes that line the desk at Rocco’s Jewelry, quickly pulling items off the shelves and shoving them into their bags.
The first man continues to stand at the entrance throughout the 45-second video, facing the sunlit street where a number of people are seen walking beside him. NYPD Crime Stoppers shared the clip on Twitter, along with a message asking anyone with information about the theft to report it via phone or direct message.
Witnesses later indicated that the theft was carefully planned, lasting only a minute, he said. Rocco’s Jewelry was closed Saturday while investigators were examining the place, and determined that the collective value of the stolen merchandise was about $2 million, CBS New York reported.
None of the four individuals who carried out the theft have been identified as of Sunday morning, and the NYPD has not shared additional updates regarding whether or not they have been found. For guidance, the police are offering a reward of up to $3,500.