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4 Arrested, At Least 1 More Sought In Long Island Jewelry Store Heist

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Police are seen searching this Little Neck, Queens neighborhood, where at least one suspect from the jewelry store heist was tracked down and taken into custody. (credit: Mona Rivera, 1010 WINS)

Police are seen searching this Little Neck, Queens neighborhood, where at least one suspect from the jewelry store heist was tracked down and taken into custody. (credit: Mona Rivera, 1010 WINS)

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MANHASSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Long Island are still searching for at least one suspect after a robbery at London Jewelers in Manhasset.

Police said armed suspects burst into a jewelry store in the Americana Mall and announced the robbery, using hammers to smash display cases before making off with assorted jewelry, Rolexes and cash around 2 p.m. Friday.  They fled the scene in a black Cadillac Escalade.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan Reports


After fleeing the scene, authorities said a second car was waiting for them on Northern Blvd. and the suspects jumped in and were chased by police.  On the Long Island Expressway, the suspects rammed a police car before crashing into the barrier, causing them to flee on foot.

Two of the suspects were arrested at the golf course in Lake Success and two more were taken into custody on Hewlett Avenue in Queens, just over the city line.

“They were all similarly dressed — they appeared to have on these blue colored suits and they were wearing masks.  As they went into the store, they ordered everyone down.  They began to smash the counter tops,” said Nassau County Detective Lt. Kevin Smith.

Thirteen employees and one customer were inside the store at the time of the robbery. No one was hurt. Meanwhile, some of the stolen merchandise was recovered and police also recovered one gun.

“It’s in my backyard, the cops, and they left the door open. I didn’t know what was going on,” one resident told CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan.

“I was shocked because this is such a nice neighborhood,” another resident said.

Schools in Great Neck were put on lock down as a precaution.

A woman named Debbie who worked next door said the jewelry store workers ran in, looking for help.

“The people here were in shock, hysterical,” she told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.

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