Ritzy robbers steal millions in jewelry in Chelsea stickups: NYPD

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Armed robbers stealing $4 million in jewelry from two men in Chelsea on Aug. 14, 2021; their getaway car, a Mercedes Benz with an illuminated emblem on the front, is located at left.
Screenshot from video courtesy of NYPD

Two filthy rich gunmen remain at large for a pair of brazen stickups in Chelsea in which they stole millions of dollars in jewelry from three victims.

Police said the ritzy robbers even made their getaways in grand style, riding around in a four-door Mercedes-Benz sedan spotted at the scene of both heists.

According to law enforcement sources, the first caper occurred at 4:20 a.m. on Aug. 14 at the corner of West 30th Street and Broadway.

Police said the gunmen pulled up to the location in the Mercedes Benz, got out and confronted two men, ages 47 and 27, who had moments earlier left the TAO Downtown restaurant on 9th Avenue and were walking through the area.

Security video of the caper shows the suspects wrangling at least one of the victims, with one robber pointing a firearm at him. Police said the suspects removed from both men multiple chains, necklaces, a medallion, rings and a Richard Mille luxury watch, all of which were worth more than $4 million combined.

After grabbing the loot, cops reported, the thieves hopped back into the Mercedes Benz and fled the scene southbound on Broadway, before turning left on West 28th Street toward 5th Avenue.

The incident was reported to the Midtown South Precinct; neither victim was injured, police said. 

Five days later, cops said, the crooks confronted a 34-year-old man in the vicinity of Broadway and West 28th Street at about 1:10 a.m. on Aug. 19.

Law enforcement sources said the perpetrators pulled up to the location and parked their Mercedes Benz at the corner. They then got out, confronted the victim and displayed a firearm.

The bandits removed from the victim a Cuban necklace, a tennis bracelet and an Audemar watch — worth a combined $100,000 — and ran back to their luxury sedan. They took off in the vehicle, which traveled southbound on Broadway before turning right onto West 27th Street toward 6th Avenue.

Officers from the 13th Precinct responded to the robbery. The victim was not injured.

Police described one of the suspects as a man with a dark complexion, standing about 5 feet tall and weighing 140 pounds. The other perpetrator was described as a man with a medium complexion standing about 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.

They were seen, with an unidentified driver, inside a black Mercedes Benz sedan with an illuminated emblem on the front, tinted windows and five-point star rims.

Anyone with information regarding the robbers or the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.