Midtown Jewelry Store Cleaning Up After Daring Diamond Heist

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    TK
    NYPD
    Suspect in midtown jewelry store robbery

    The shaken owner of a midtown Manhattan jewelry store was still taking inventory following a daring heist Friday in which an armed robber made off with jewelry and cash.

    Edward Jakubo, owner of Dmitry and Co. at 205 West 57th St., said he never expected to have to deal with a daylight armed robbery when he opened the shop just two years ago.

    "Thank God no one was hurt," he said Wednesday.

    Jakubo said a lone gunman walked in the door Friday afternoon and ran off with a bag of jewelry, as well as money from a shopper.

    "He told my employee to put women's diamond rings into the bag," said Jakubo. He estimated the value of the rings at about $200,000. Jakubo said watches were also stolen, and was still assessing the value of those.

    Jakubo told NBC New York he was "flabbergasted" at the audacity of the gunman, who waved everyone behind the counter and ordered them to lie down on the floor while the store employee filled a bag with the diamond rings.

    NYPD has released store surveillance photos of the suspect, who is seen wearing a dark blue baseball cap with an "NY" logo, white striped button down shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses.

    The suspect was last seen headed east on foot on West 57th. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.