An investigation is underway into a robbery by four masked men who brutally broke into a Bronx jewelry store last week and made off with an estimated $2 million worth of merchandise, according to the NYPD.
The incident, which involved four men wearing face masks and was captured by the company’s security camera, happened just after 2:30 p.m. local time on Friday afternoon. Footage shows a man initially standing at the shop door of Rocco’s Jewelry, a store whose store is located on a busy avenue in the Bronx, just steps from Fordham University and down the road from the New York Botanical Garden.
In the video, the first man waits at the entrance before opening the door. He holds it open as three additional men, each dressed in dark clothing, storm into the store. The trio use hammers to break open display cases along the desk of Rocco’s Jewelry, quickly pulling items off the shelves and stuffing them into their bags.
The first man remains standing in the doorway throughout the 45-second video, facing the sun-drenched street as several people pass by. NYPD Crime Stoppers shared the clip on Twitter, along with a message asking anyone with information about the theft to report it by phone or direct message.
Witnesses later suggested the robbery was carefully planned, as it only lasted about a minute, according to CBS New York. Rocco’s Jewelry was closed Saturday as detectives examined the scene and determined the collective value of the stolen goods was about $2 million, CBS New York reported.
None of the four individuals who carried out the robbery were identified Sunday morning, nor did the NYPD shared additional updates on whether or not they were found. For tips, the police are offering a reward of up to $3,500.