The FBI and NYPD have identified the suspect as Ralik Hansen, 28. They say he was a member of a violent interstate robbery crew from Brooklyn that also participated in heists in Atlantic City and Virginia.
The NYPD and the FBI have busted up a ring of robbers who are accused of breaking into ritzy jewelry stores, and stealing more than $1 million worth of watches, all up and down the East Coast.
Five suspects with hammers entered the store at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and used hammers to smash open a glass display case.
Police are investigating after they say five masked men stole 16 watches valued at more than $700,000 from the Cartier store on Fifth Avenue.
According to police, the suspect went into the Tourneau Watch store on 57th Street just before 3 p.m. on Saturday and asked the salesperson to see a Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.