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Report: Heightened Security At Luxury Hotels Following Weekend Jewel Heist

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Surveillance images of two thieves who stole jewelry from a display case at the Four Seasons Hotel. (Credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Big-name luxury hotels have reportedly beefed up security following the weekend jewelry heist at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Two brazen thieves pulled off a stunning jewelry heist this weekend at one of the city’s most posh hotels.

The thieves carried out the smash-and-grab around 2 a.m. Saturday in the middle of the hotel’s spectacular lobby.

The two suspects walked right into the hotel, and one pulled a sledgehammer and smashed the Jacob & Co. case right next to the front desk.

The thieves then made a quick getaway on East 57th Street with the stolen watches, necklace, earrings, cufflinks and pendants. There is some discrepancy about the value of the jewelry, but the police estimate the haul to be worth $170,000.

“It sounds like something out of ‘Oceans Eleven,'” one hotel guest said.

Jacob & Co. is owned by Jacob Arabo, better known as Jacob the Jeweler, who has designed jewelry for Kanye West, Madonna and countless other big names in the entertainment industry.

“This is small-time, running into a hotel, smashing things with a hammer,” Arabo told the New York Times. “Unfortunately, it happened to me. How come it was my window, when there were other windows with jewelry in the hotel?”

On Monday morning, a lone guard was in the lobby, apparently tasked with keeping people away from the scene of the heist, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.

According to the New York Post, other luxury hotels like the Intercontinental and the Plaza have added guards and are making sure their security cameras are working. Some cameras were apparently not working in the Four Seasons over the weekend, Silverman reported.

Someone at the Plaza told Silverman on Monday morning that their security is always top-notch.

Police released surveillance images of two suspects Sunday night.

One is described as a black male standing 6 feet tall, last seen wearing a tan trenchcoat and carrying a hammer. The other is described as a male black standing 6 feet tall, last seen wearing gray pants and a blue jacket.

No arrests have been made so far in the jewelry heist.

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