Caught on camera: $2 million in diamonds stolen from Bronx jewelry store

NEW YORK – A brazen robbery at a Bronx jewelry store was caught on camera Friday afternoon.

Police say that stolen jewelry was worth over $2 million.

As CBS2’s Alecia Reid reports, the robbery appeared to be all planned out. Witnesses say the thieves were in and out in less than a minute.

The shutters at Rocco’s Jewelry on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights remain closed Saturday, but employees and detectives were inside.

Newly released surveillance images show a man in a white t-shirt, black jeans and black hat get buzzed in around 2:30 p.m. He then holds the door open for three others who are seen running down the street. They enter the store and use hammers to smash display cases. They then load the high-end jewels into bags they brought with them before taking off on foot.

Witnesses tell CBS2 the banging was so loud, they thought they were hearing gunshots.

“They came in, boom boom boom, in and out and gone,” one man said.

“Unfortunate. I’m sorry this happened to them. Unfortunate even though it’s probably insured, but this type of stuff happens,” another man said.

In addition to dark clothing, police say the three individuals who stole the merchandise were all wearing dark face masks and gloves.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.  

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