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Smashed for Loot

Costumed Crooks Hit R’wood Jeweler

Four masked gunmen tricked a Ridgewood jewelry store clerk into letting them in, then treated themselves to loot during a Halloween heist last Friday afternoon, Oct. 31, police reported.

Officers from the 104th Precinct guard Gemelli Jewelers on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood last Friday, Oct. 31, after four masked, armed bandits smashed up display cases and swiped thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Law enforcement sources said the stickup occurred at 1:40 p.m. last Friday inside Gemelli Jewelers located at 66-10 Fresh Pond Rd., between Palmetto Street and Gates Avenue.

According to authorities, the four unidentified males-all wearing masks-gained entry into the location and confronted a female clerk.

The crooks reportedly displayed black firearms and pushed the clerk into a corner.

Seconds later, police said, the suspects pulled out hammers and smashed open the display cases. They then removed more than $7,000 in assorted jewelry and fled in an unknown direction, it was noted.

Reportedly, they were last seen running along Gates Avenue.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the scene. The clerk was not injured.

Various police units canvassed the surrounding area for the suspects, but no immediate arrests were made, authorities said.

The 104th Precinct Detective Squad is continuing its investigation, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the heist or the suspects’ whereabouts that could prove helpful is asked to call the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 1-718-386-2735; all calls will be kept confidential.

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