A trio of armed robbers has been targeting jewelry stores in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan over the past several weeks, including one Chinatown business that was raided twice in two days, police say.
In the Chinatown robbery on East Broadway, the store clerk managed to push back a robber from jumping over the counter when the crew first hit her store. But the next day, the group returned, and the same robber was able to make it over the counter, security video shows.
The attempted robbery and the subsequent actual robbery on Oct. 18 are part of a pattern, according to police. In each case, one man enters and pulls out a gun while two others leap over the counter.
"We've seen a spurt of these robberies," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "Obviously, it's cause for concern."
The robberies have taken place at the following locations: 169 Canal St. in Manhattan on Sept. 10; 5914 Eighth Ave. in Brooklyn on Oct. 15; 66 East Broadway in Manhattan on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18; 37-58 103rd St. in Queens on Oct. 28; 74-15 37th Ave. in Queens on Oct. 31; and 37-11 Main St. in Queens on Saturday.
No injuries have been reported in any of the robberies, but police are concerned because the suspects remain at large and are armed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.