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Thieves rob New York City's Cartier store in mid-afternoon

Thieves Rob New York City's Cartier Store in Mid-Afternoon

'Good Morning America' says a brazen robbery took place at a very famous New York jewelry store on January 30th.

'Thieves burst into the famous Cartier jewelry store on 5th Avenue in the middle of the afternoon to the obvious shock of tourists and store employees. They used hammers to smash open the glass cases.'

'Fox & Friends' has the details on what happened next.

'They scooped up 16 watches. Police say it happened so fast that no one had time to react. The robbers made a clean getaway.'

The thieves made off with about $700,000 worth of merchandise. The New York Post says Cartier wasn't the first choice of the five robbers, though.

It reports they actually planned to rob a nearby watch and jewelry store but were thrown out by security. A few minutes later, they robbed Cartier after pushing past an unarmed security guard.

Even though the block Cartier is on is one of the most heavily guarded in the city due to all the luxury boutiques and jewelry stores in the area.

Daily Mail reports police believe the thieves decided to rob the store anyway because the majority of police officers were at least 10 minutes away overseeing the pre-Super Bowl festivities in Times Square.

Police are currently reviewing security footage, but no one has been arrested yet in connection with the robbery.

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dan_crabtree February 02 2014 at 7:58 PM

contrary to belief crime does pay....

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Brian Hope February 02 2014 at 7:07 PM

This happened more than once in Houston. Wonder if there's a connection?

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dan_crabtree February 02 2014 at 4:37 PM

and the crime starts its familur climb UP as it does with all new democrat mayors...as these thugs know the demos such as themselves are soft on crime period....

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memaw7824 February 02 2014 at 3:25 PM

Isn't there some kind of glass, like maybe bullet proof glass, they could put on jewelry cases? Just thought, might be a funny video of crooks trying to smash something like that.

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cbcelmayster February 02 2014 at 12:25 PM

Hmmm, the DNC must be having a down year for contribitions....ACORN needed another gig....

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volntyr February 02 2014 at 12:52 PM

Why does this have to be political?

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JohnnYuma February 02 2014 at 10:59 AM

The thieves that did this will be caught when they try to pawn the watches. It doesn't say if they were minorities or not, but all the ones I have seen on the news were minorities.

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steves1709 January 31 2014 at 10:34 PM

Perhaps the non - profit NFL (I know - oxymoron!) could pay for some of NY / NJ's police overtime costs?

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steves1709 January 31 2014 at 10:33 PM

Hmm... tossed out by security why? He knew something was up, but cops not called? And unarmed security "greeter" at Cartier had no taser, alarm switch, air horn, phone or baseball bat?

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gnv978 January 31 2014 at 10:29 PM

How stupid that the store is. Can't they have armed security guards???? Also, the store needs to have surveillance cameras.

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bzzzbayte January 31 2014 at 10:14 PM

track them down and send them off to long terms in prison

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