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2 in custody after brazen daylight robbery at NYC Cartier store


Cartier New York City

NEW YORK (AP) - Two suspects are in custody following a brazen broad-daylight robbery at the Cartier store in midtown Manhattan.

Police said Friday that 35-year-old Allen Williams and 33-year-old Roberto Grant, both of Brooklyn, were arrested on robbery charges. It wasn't clear if they had lawyers.

Five suspects with hammers entered the store at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and smashed open a glass display case. Police said they made off with 16 watches worth more than $700,000.

Police Commissioner William Bratton says some of the stolen property has since been recovered.

Police believe the bandits were involved in other similar robberies.

The heist occurred as football fans were flocking to midtown Manhattan for festivities related to the Super Bowl in New Jersey on Sunday.

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gudtip February 01 2014 at 7:54 PM

there is always someone that wants to take what does not belong to them, at least this story have a good ending with two words, ( recovered and arrested )

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Marcie February 01 2014 at 4:58 PM

The truly sickening thing about this is that those watches average over $43,000 each. The rich are so obscenely rich that they can buy things like that while paying their workers less than what it takes to survive. If you work, your paid holidays, your vacations, your pension, your raises....that's where it all goes. Giving your time on earth and your effort to keep a job.....and being paid like a peasant all your life. Welcome to the United States of Corporate America. People don't become this desparate in a fair and just economic system.

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Bobby February 01 2014 at 4:36 PM

This is called a "smash and grab" used to happen all the time back in the mid 80s to mid 90s.........Service Merchandise was the target back in those days......because as soon as you walk in the first thing you see in the middle of the store is the Jewelry counters........they run in smash the display counters and someone behind them grab.......the jewelry and make it out in less than a minute or two......

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eeverettm February 01 2014 at 4:35 PM

It's going to get worse.

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Jive Turkey February 01 2014 at 4:28 PM

Articles like this allow us all to ridicule the symptoms of the disease rather than the root of the cancer which is fractional reserve banking.

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tc February 01 2014 at 4:05 PM

My girlfriend made me do it. Please come home, Babe.

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elizhard32 February 01 2014 at 4:03 PM

I've always thought it strange that in a country (U.S.) with such high crime we are so lax about entry into to stores with high value goods. Throughout Europe entry is by buzzer and only so many in the store at one time. They're very polite about it, even when you say you just would like to look, but you know someone is always watching. Another place where the appearance of security is lax is the Caribbean, of course the stores are all on islands, so where would anyone run off too?

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jmalford February 01 2014 at 4:20 PM

the items were in window displays ouside the store. No buzzer would work there, but am sure a loud alarm went off. There is plenty of security in these stores in NYC.
Some have buzzers though that is unlikely to deter the intent of some robbers.

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gary222g February 01 2014 at 3:57 PM

At least they have plenty of money to buy more hammers.

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in2film1 February 01 2014 at 4:11 PM

Where they are going, they're going to need files baked into pies instead of hammers.

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degeis February 01 2014 at 3:51 PM

"Off with their heads."

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hotshotrock February 01 2014 at 3:33 PM

Not worth commenting on. It happened in New York City.

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npc317 February 01 2014 at 3:57 PM

Your right. East Coasters are not allow to protect themselves.

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