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Cops Hunt Brazen East Side Home Invasion Suspects

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Police say these are the men who burglarized an apartment at 315 East 51st Street on Oct. 3, 2011. (credit: NYPD)

Police say these are the men who burglarized an apartment at 315 East 51st Street on Oct. 3, 2011. (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Detectives on the East Side of Manhattan are looking for two push-in robbers who tied up three men, one of whom is a millionaire businessman. His security system, however, captured images of the suspects.

CBS 2’s John Slattery spoke with the victim.

George Bardwil, the CEO of a family-owned table linen company, and two male friends were victims while cameras were rolling.

Bardwil said one of the robbers was armed.

“They just, fortunately, weren’t here to do anything more than rob us,” Bardwil said.

It happened 315 East 51st St., on Monday afternoon. Two robbers rang Bardwil’s buzzer. He got up to answer the door and, without checking the peephole, opened the door and immediately was attacked.

“I open the door and, holy smokes, fast, see how fast I go down?” Bardwil said while viewing the recording.

The three men were tied up. One robber then went to the master bedroom. The duo’s target was jewelry, acquired only in the last month or so, Bardwil said.

“They emptied out a small safe I had that they knew was there. By looking at the recording, they went right to it,” Bardwil said.

Both suspects are 25 to 30. One is around 6-foot, 180 pounds. The other is 6-2, 250 pounds-plus with a beard and mustache. Police are hoping that Bardwil’s security system, with extremely clear pictures of the suspects, will very soon pay off with two arrests.

If you have any information about the case, you’re asked to contact Crime Stoppers. You can:

* Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All calls are confidential.

* Log on to the Crime Stoppers website

* Text your time to CRIMES (274637) and then entering TIP577.

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