Gone in 60 seconds! Terrifying moment masked thieves steal $2 MILLION worth of gems in less than a minute in brazen smash-and-grab at Brooklyn jewelry store
- Footage showed the brutes bash their way into the cases with their hammers
- The thugs, who are still at large, then stuffed the looted goods into a large bag
- Two of them stole as a third stood at door to Facets in Park Slope at 5pm Sunday
- Customers watched in terror as they threatened to shoot a member of the staff
This is the terrifying moment a gang of masked men stole $2 million worth of gems in less than a minute during a brazen smash-and-grab at a Brooklyn jewelry store.
Shocking footage showed the hooded brutes bash their way into the cases with hammers before stuffing the goods into a large bag.
Two of them continued to loot the shop while another appeared to stand guard at the entrance to Facets in Park Slope around 5pm on Sunday.
Meanwhile a horrified customer watched on in terror as they continued their rampage and threatened to shoot a member of staff.
The trio of masked men are seen smashing the main glass displays with hammers
Shop owner Irina Sulay said she was helping a customer when she spotted the three men outside her store.
After one of the men rang the buzzer, she let them in, unaware of the shocking crime that was about to take place.
The trio threatened to shoot a store employee before smashing three of the main glass displays with a hammer and grabbing the contents inside.
They continued diamond engagement rings, handmade designs and rare antique collectibles.
A picture of two out of the three of the men involved in the brazen heist that took place on Sunday around 5pm at Facets jewelry store in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Terrified customers were inside the store, but no one was injured. Though the owner was left shaken and said she ‘could barely even speak’ after
At one point, one horrified worker tried to call for help until one of the thugs yells out: ‘Don’t move! What the f*** are you going? I’m going to shoot you!’
A terrified customer and store employee were inside the store, but no one was injured. Though the owner was left shaken and said she ‘could barely even speak’ after.
At one point, one horrified worker tried to call for help until one of the thugs yells out: ‘Don’t move! What the f*** are you doing? I’m going to shoot you!’
The three masked men fled with all the jewels in tow and still remain at large, the NYDP said.
The Sulay family are descendants of Bukharian Jewish gem traders. They first moved to the Park Slope Brooklyn neighborhood in 2001, and in 2019 moved to a larger space on the same block.
The Sulay family, descendants of Bukharian Jewish gem traders, opened their store in the Brooklyn neighborhood in 2001, and in 2019, moved to a larger space on the same block
Sulay told The New York Post ‘I am shocked. Honestly, it’s very scary. I couldn’t even talk yesterday. I was hyperventilating, crying, sobbing, and shaking.
‘The whole thing lasted 38 seconds. They took two and a half full cases of diamond engagement rings, newer pieces we’ve designed in-house, and pieces we’ve collected — Art Deco and Edwardian rings. I want to say 100 rings.’
She said the crooks ‘knew exactly what cases to take from and only took the big ticket items,’ during the smash-and-grab.
She said that the merchandise was valued at between $1 million and $2 million, the news outlet reported.