$4M In Jewelry Stolen: How Did Robbers Get Away With Huge Connecticut Heist?
Robbers drove away with more than $4 million in stolen jewelry in a Connecticut heist on Friday, according to reports.
Two armed men kidnapped the manager of Lenox Jewelers located at 2379 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield and another employee from a Meriden apartment before the heist, according to the Fairfield Sun. As these two victims were being bound and gagged with duct tape, two acquaintances of the manager and employee arrived at the apartment and were held by two additional suspects who also bound and gagged them.
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The manager and employee were then placed at gunpoint into the manager's vehicle, a 2009 silver BMW with Massachusetts registration 96NV02 and were driven from Meriden to Fairfield via Route 15, getting off at exit 44. The restrained acquaintances were left behind at the apartment.
Authorities said that the robbery resulting in $4M in stolen jewelry took five minutes. The manager and employee opened the store, allowing the suspects to gain entry, and the $4M in stolen jewelry was taken from the store safe.
The victims reported they were restrained in the back of the store while the robbers left with the $4M in stolen jewelry in the BMW. Nevertheless, they were able to free themselves and call 911. The two victims held in Meriden were released just one minute after the two suspects left the jewelry store with the $4M in stolen jewelry.
Police said that all the victims were unharmed and the identity of the suspects is unknown.
Fairfield police received a tip on the BMW taken in the home invasion, found it and recovered it on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield on Friday.
The suspects were believed to be communicating with each other and coordinating their efforts during the robbery, according to police.
Fairfield police are currently working with Meriden police and consulting the FBI to determine if the Connecticut heist has any similarities to other heists in the Northeast.
Video evidence is currently being reviewed while the 911 call to Fairfield's Emergency Communication Center has been released. Listen to it here.
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