TOTENVILLE, Staten Island (WABC) — About 150 watches were stolen in a brazen and well-planned burglary of a Staten Island watch factory.
It happened on Memorial Day at 10:30pm at The Wrist Watcher on Arthur Kill Road in Tottenville.
The business is located on the third floor of a nondescript office building at the foot of Outerbridge Crossing.
In other words, the five suspects knew where they were going and what they were taking.
They broke into the office, took out the safe, ransacked the enterprise and destroyed part of the video surveillance system. Other cameras in the building captured the images, which were released by police.
They used common break-in tools, including a single-point crowbar and a dolly.
Thieves stole $160,000 in cash and $2.5 million worth of watches.
The owner of The Wrist Watcher said on social media: “To my loyal followers and friends @thewristwatcher,
“There was an accident involving a robbery in our office. While I cannot discuss the details due to the ongoing investigation, we are working with the authorities to resolve this.
“In response, we are increasing security and our commitment to you remains unwavering. Your support during this time has been humbling and reinforced why I started this company.
“It’s not just about watches, it’s about our shared passion and journey. As my team and I tackle this challenge, your support keeps us moving forward.
“We’ll be sharing updates soon. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued loyalty. Stay safe and I hope you’re as excited to be back as we are!”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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