By DAVID GREENE
Police are looking for four men who brazenly entered a jewelry store on Webster Avenue and used a hammer to smash at least one window display, before fleeing on foot down a busy Webster Avenue with more than $2 million in gems.
Officers from the 46th Precinct were called to Rocco’s Jewelry, located at 2521 Webster Avenue, just south of the northern Fordham Heights border, at 2:38 p.m. Friday, August 5.
According to a police source, “an unknown person approached the front door and was buzzed into the store by an employee. The individual then held the door open for three other people.
Once inside the store, the three individuals used a hammer to open the window and removed a large amount of high-end diamond jewelry.
The police source added that the suspects placed the jewelry in bags and then fled south on Webster Avenue. The total value of the stolen gems was estimated at $2.15 million.
No injuries were reported.
Norwood News asked the law enforcement source if the incident was related to at least three other similar jewelry store robberies that had taken place in the Bronx in recent months.
The official replied, “I cannot confirm at this time.” Officers also could not immediately confirm whether a handgun was used in the robbery.
Upon their arrival, the police immediately knocked down the iron gate of the shops. However, a shattered storefront could be seen from the street, along with shattered glass and other debris on the floor.
For request of Norwood News, police released surveillance photos of the four suspects. The first suspect who entered the store is described as a man, in his twenties, of dark complexion, a slim build and wearing a black baseball cap, white t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and sneakers. black sunglasses.
Four suspects are wanted in the robbery of the Rocco jewelry store on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights on Friday, August 5, 2022, police say. Video courtesy of NYPD.
The other three suspects are described as male, also in their 20s, have dark complexions, each has a slim build and all were wearing dark clothing, masks and dark colored gloves.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) . The public can also submit their tips by logging on to the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.
All calls are strictly confidential.