2011-05-19 / Front Page

$50G JEWELRY HEIST AT TERMINAL MARKET

By Charles Rogers


Brooklyn Terminal Market was scene of gem robbery last Sunday evening. Thieves bound male victim with duct tape and cut their way through the back of a six-foot safe. 
Charles Rogers Brooklyn Terminal Market was scene of gem robbery last Sunday evening. Thieves bound male victim with duct tape and cut their way through the back of a six-foot safe. Charles Rogers A lone employee of a Brooklyn Terminal Market shop was robbed of at least $50,000 in jewelry last Sunday evening, according to police. No one was injured in the heist, which took place shortly after 5 p.m.

When the employee of one of the establishments in the vast complex on Foster Avenue between East 83rd and East 89th streets started to open the door to the shop where he worked, he was accosted from the rear by two masked men who stuck what felt like a pipe in his back and told that it was a gun.

The two men, wearing stockings over their faces and gloves, forced the victim, whose name was not released, inside the door and threw him to the floor. They then bound his hands, feet and mouth with duct tape and took him to a kitchen near the office in the back of the building, at which time they proceeded to ransack the shop and office.

Detectives said the thieves proceeded to take an inside door off its hinges, exposing a room containing a six-foot safe and they cut a hole in the rear of the safe and took approximately $50,000 in assorted jewelry. Police said they didn’t know what type of tool was used to cut the hole.

The victim said that when the thieves got the jewelry they fled in an unknown direction. He managed to squirm out of his bindings and called 911. The only identification the victim could provide was that both men appeared to be “white-Hispanics.”

Anyone with information is asked to call local detectives at (516) 257- 6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577- TIPS.All calls will be confidential.

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