NEW YORK (AP) — High-end jewelry and watch stores including Cartier and Borgata Casino were the target of a four-man crime spree that authorities say hit luxury stores in New York, New Jersey and Virginia for more than a million dollars of watches.
The FBI and New York City Police built a case against four men who are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in federal court in Manhattan. The case was unveiled Wednesday but the men were arrested previously.
Authorities say they terrorized customers and employees by smashing display cases with hammers and stealing high-end timepieces.
Police Commissioner William Bratton says two men were arrested shortly after walking into the Manhattan Cartier store and stealing $700,000 of watches. If convicted, the men can face up to 20 years in prison.