Robbers Try Getting Away With Jewelry Heist Using Bear Spray, Guns, And Hammers

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Three smash-and-grab thieves broke into Cellini Jewelers near E. 56th St. in Midtown at about 3:30 a.m. and stole watches and jewelry before running from the store.

On May 1, a masked thief swung a sledgehammer into a window at M & NP Jewelers in Pelham Parkway, the Bronx, and stole more than $187,000 in gold jewelry. The thieves escaped in a black BMW sedan and a black Honda Accord.

Federal officials in New York today announced the arrest of two members of this armed robbery crew. They were charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Pablo Armando Valenzuela and Aaron Miller were arrested after robbing the jewelry store in the Bronx, New York, using a firearm, bear spray, and hammers. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said the defendants committed a violent robbery and that his office would continue to aggressively prosecute.

FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll said Valenzuela and Miller carried out a robbery that stole $800,000 in merchandise, and injured employees by using bear spray.

New York City Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said that violence will never be tolerated in New York City, and that people who do harm will face consequences. However, not everyone in the crew has been caught, identified, and prosecuted. There are still four remaining members of the armed group that are not yet in custody for their crimes.

Saturday’s burglary at Cellini comes in the wake of two robberies that took place in the Bronx back in August. Some residents who live close to the store fear walking around on the street.

Footage from the armed robbery with can be seen in the video linked below:

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