Brazen jewel thief in a suit and fedora, is caught on tape pulling gun on stunned staff at NYC Diamond District store before swiping $3.4million in jewels – Jaysean Sutton, 43, will serve 14 years in prison
Fedora wearing bandit Jaysean Sutton stole $3.4million worth of jewelry after an audacious broad daylight robbery in New York City’s Diamond District in 2019
Sutton, 43, and Pedro Davila, 30, are two of the three suspects in the 2019 robbery of Avianne and Co. in Manhattan’s
Jewel thief who was dressed in a suit and fedora was caught on CCTV as he pulled a gun on stunned staff at the NYC store before boosting several million in jewels
Surveillance footage released by federal prosecutors on Monday shows Sutton forcing an employee to open a safe for him at gunpoint
He fled New York, but was arrested in North Carolina months later and in January 2022 the career criminal pled guilty to the jewelry shop heist
Sutton has five prior convictions and jail time, leading to prosecutors to requesting a 14 year prison sentence
Sutton, Davila and their accomplice carried out the robbery on August 25, 2019 – just 10 days after he was released from a state corrections facility on parole
A man who robbed a NYC Diamond District store of $4million worth of jewelry in 2019, should serve 14 years in prison, prosecutors argued on Monday.
Jayson Sutton had pled guilty to the jewelry shop heist in January, after he was caught on cameras pulling a gun out in the store during the crime.
Sutton, along with two accomplices executed an audacious jewelry heist in New York City’s Diamond district three years ago. That store, Avianne & Co. jewelry store in the Diamond District of New York City, has a history of selling jewelry to celebrity clientele.
New surveillance footage of the fedora-wearing thief carrying out the heist in midtown Manhattan was also released as part of a new sentencing submission filed by federal prosecutors.
An image released as part of a sentencing submission on Monday shows Sutton as he marched a store employees to a room and forced him to open a safe at gunpoint.
Stills of the video show Jaysean Sutton in a blue suit, wearing a fedora as he brandished a pistol in the back room of the Avianne and Co. jewelry store.
He and two other bandits then bound employees with zip ties and duct tape. The three thieves, which include Sutton, 43, Pedro Davila, 30, and a third unnamed suspect made off with an estimated $3.4million in jewelry, wrote US attorney Alexander Li..
Sutton then fled New York, but was subsequently arrested in a North Carolina hotel in October 2019, the submission said.
Sutton, who had been previously convicted on five drugs and firearms charges before the robbery, pled guilty to the jewelry shop heist in January of this year.
Sutton has been convicted of at least five firearms and drugs charges in New York and Connecticut. He was arrested a few months after the heist in a North Carolina hotel.
The West 47th street store is known for catering to various celebrities including Nicki Minaj and Migos.
At around 11.30am on August 25, 2019 – just 10 days after being released from state prison onparole – Sutton entered the jewelry store with Davila and the unnamed accomplice.
According to the federal submission, around 11.42 Sutton met with several employees in a back room of the store, Li says in the submission.
While the defendant sat speaking with them in the room Sutton brandished a silver pistol before instructing them to the ground and binding four of the store’s employees with duct tape and zip ties, wrote Li.
Once secure Sutton began looting the shop and used his gun to force one of the employees into another room to open a locked safe.
Part of the submission – a still from the surveillance footage – shows Sutton at the safe with the bound employee.
Over the course of 15 minutes the three thieves tossed various pieces of jewelry into large bags as employees lay bound on the ground, footage shows.
Sutton, Davila and the final unnamed thief then ransacked the rest of the store, leaving at around 11.58am with an estimated $3.4million-worth of jewelry in their bags.
A couple of months later on October 7, 2019, Sutton was arrested at a hotel in North Carolina.
In January this year Sutton pled guilty to the robbery, as well as the lesser offense of possessing a firearm.
Sutton has a number of prior convictions and has served multiple stints in prison for charges relating to firearms and drugs.
In 2000 Sutton was charged with drug and weapons offenses in New York, for which he was sentenced to six months in prison.
And in 2002 he was found guilty of Connecticut assault and firearms offenses for which he was sentenced to a total of three years in prison.
Then in 2003 he was sentenced to five years in prison for a Connecticut coercion offense.
In 2005 he was convicted of another Connecticut firearms offense and sentenced to a year in prison.
Finally in 2007 he received his longest sentence of five years in prison for a New York firearms offense.
Now prosecutor Alexander Li is seeking a 14 year sentence for Sutton. He wrote in the submission to the federal judge: ‘Sutton robbed a jewelry store in Midtown Manhattan in broad daylight and with high-definition surveillance footage rolling. On camera, Sutton brandished a gun while employees lay bound on the floor.
‘Though the $3.4 million he looted is not a perfect measure of the seriousness of his crime, it is a proxy for the audacity of the crime in the public consciousness.’
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