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Cops say the thieves in NY New Year’s eve $6 million jewelry heist may have had ‘inside help’

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Thieves steal $6M in jewels from NY Jewelry wholesaler, while the NYE ball was being dropped, on last day of 2016
The burglars waited in a stairwell and struck at midnight,  possibly using the noise from the New Year’s celebration as cover
The gang of three used a pry-bar and a hammer to get into the wholesaler’s offices
They took gold, diamond rings, bracelets and necklaces worth millions from two safes  
Police want anyone with info to call Crimestoppesr at 1-800-577-8477 

The three hooded and men broke into a West 36th Street jewelry wholesaler at 12:01 a.m. Sunday in what appears to be an inside job, while New York’s 7,000 cops were distracted protecting visitors and residents celebrating the New Year’s Eve events at Times Square, just a few blocks away.
The thieves looted the store of around $6 million in gems and are still at large, police sources said.
Law enforcement sources think the burglars may have had help from an employee who manufactured the safes containing the gems,  that someone gave the crooks the combination to the two safes they looted. Cops point surveillance footage showing one of the thieves on a cellphone with someone as he put in the combination to two of the four locked safes found inside a room on the sixth floor.

The burglars were caught on video inside Gregg Ruth, a commercial jewelry store known for its rare yellow and pink diamonds.
They came in through a freight entrance to the sixth floor business and then used a hammer and crow bar to break a lock, gaining access to a room containing four safes, sources said.  It is believed that the safes were either already open, else the burglars knew the combination.
The gloved suspects removed diamond-encrusted and 18 carat gold bracelets, earrings and necklaces from two of the safes and stuffed the gems into several backpacks, The three thieves then fled down a stairwell in the beige, 16-story office tower that lacks any exterior signage about its sixth-floor tenant.

Thieves steal $6M worth of gems.pngThe burglars came in through a freight entrance, before using a hammer and crow bar to break a lock, gaining access to a room containing four safes

The two unopened safes contained another estimated $7 million in merchandise, sources said. The lock boxes were on loan to the wholesaler, who was in the process of building a more secure vault.The break-in was reported at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The surveillance footage shows one of the three talking on a cell phone while he is opening the safe, perhaps receiving the combination from a fourth person, sources said. “It definitely seems like an inside job,” one of the workers in the building  said.
Another person familiar with the building, after watching the footage, agreed that the burglars seemed to be “aware of their surroundings.”
“They would have needed a key [to access the freight entrance] or someone left it open for them” .
Police have asked members of the public who may have information about the burglary to call Crimestoppesr at 1-800-577-8477.

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