The trend of lawlessness in New York City continued on Friday, as smash-and-grab thieves made away with approximately $2.15 million worth of jewelry during a brazen, broad-daylight heist in the Bronx.
At around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, a man was buzzed into Rocco’s Jewelry in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx, and held the door open as three masked men in black clothing entered the store.
One of the men proceeded to smash the store’s glass displays with a hammer, as his partners quickly shoved fistfuls of jewelry into a bag. In under a minute, the thieves wrapped up the heist and made their escape on foot.
"They came in, boom boom boom, in and out and gone," one witness said.
"For us that work on Fordham, not to say it's normal, but it happens a lot. So it wasn't really a surprise that something happened next door," added a neighbor.
As of Monday morning, the robbers remain at large, with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) asking anyone with knowledge of the crime to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).