Fordham Heights: Jewelry Store Bandits Make off with $2.15 Million in Diamonds


By DAVID GREENE

POLICE SAY THE pictured individual was buzzed into Rocco’s Jewelry store, located on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights, and held the door open for three others who smashed a display case and made off with over $2 million in diamonds and high-end jewelry on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police are looking for four men who brazenly walked into a Webster Avenue jewelry store and used a hammer to smash at least one display case, before fleeing on foot down a busy Webster Avenue with over $2 million in gems.

 

BROKEN GLASS SITS atop jewelry left behind by four bandits who made off with $2.15 million in high-end jewelry during a daylight smash and grab of Rocco’s Jewelry store located on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights on Friday, August 5, 2022. 
Photo by David Greene

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. on Friday, Aug. 5.

 

BANDITS SMASHED THIS display case of Rocco’s Jewelry, located on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights, with a hammer and made off with more than $2 million in high-end jewelry on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Photo by David Greene

According to a police source, “An unknown individual approached the front door and was buzzed inside of the store by an employee. The individual then held the door open for an additional three individuals.

 

Once inside the store, the three individuals used a hammer to smash open the display case and removed a large amount of high-end diamond jewelry.”

 

THE IRON GATE of Rocco’s Jewelry store on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights is pulled partially down and tape blocks the entrance after four bandits made off with over $2 million in gems on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
Photo by David Greene

The police source added that the suspects placed the jewelry in bags and then fled southbound on Webster Avenue. The total value of the stolen gems was estimated at $2.15 million.

 

No injuries were reported.

 

JEWELRY CASES AND broken glass litter the floor of Rocco’s Jewelry on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights, after bandits smashed display cases and made off with over $2 million in high-end jewelry on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Photo by David Greene

Norwood News asked the police source if the incident was connected to at least three other similar robberies of jewelry stores that had taken place across The Bronx in the last few months.

 

The official replied, “Can’t confirm at this time.” Police officials also could not immediately confirm if a handgun was used during the heist.

 

MANY BYSTANDERS ON a busy Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, were unaware that a daylight heist of over $2 million worth of diamonds had just occurred. 
Photo by David Greene

Upon arrival, police immediately pulled down the stores’ iron gate. However, a smashed display case could be seen from the street, along with broken glass and other debris on the floor.

 

POLICE ARE SEEN outside Rocco’s Jewelry on Webster Avenue and East Fordham Road in Fordham Heights after police say four bandits made off with $2.15 million in diamonds on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Photo by David Greene

Upon request by Norwood News, police released surveillance photos of the four suspects. The first suspect who entered the store is described as male, is in his 20s, has a dark complexion, a slim build and was wearing a black baseball cap, a white T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and black sunglasses.

 

 

Four suspects are sought for a robbery of Rocco’s Jewelry store on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, according to police. Video courtesy of the 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, dark-colored face masks and gloves.

 

A SURVEILLANCE PHOTO shows three bandits at work during a jewelry heist at Rocco’s Jewelry on Webster Avenue in Fordham Heights, as one man stood on lookout on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Photo courtesy of the NYPD

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 onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

 

All calls are strictly confidential.

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