ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police have released surveillance video of the brazen daylight armed robbery at a jewelry store at the Mills at Jersey Gardens Mall last week.
Four suspects were caught on surveillance video as they entered the Jewelers on Fifth store with weapons drawn September 5th at around 10 a.m., Elizabeth Police said.
The suspects were wearing masks — some brandishing weapons — and helped themselves to large amounts of jewelry, bolted behind counters, cleared out cabinets, and tore out of the store carrying large bags.
They stole a large quantity of jewelry before escaping through the Burlington Coat Factory store, police said.
Police say the bandits used a black four door Audi in the robbery.
Shoppers were taken aback by the footage.
“The guns and the masks just scare me. It just scares me like ‘oh my god,” Tonya Lee said.
“Especially when you think you can go shopping and be safe and then these people are in the building,” Jackie Jenkins said.
No shots were fired during the robbery, and nobody was hurt. The heist happened just before the store was open.
The NYPD told CBS2 it had its own detectives looking into the robbery, saying they believe two of the suspects may also be responsible for robbery at a T-Mobile store on Staten Island on September 4.
In that case two men, also wearing black masks, showed a firearm and took off with 60 cell phones and $900 in cash.
Elizabeth police said the have no information that the cases are connected.
If you recognize any of the suspects, you’re asked to call Elizabeth Police at (908) 558-2096.