Home Invasion, Kidnapping Leads to $4 Million Jewelry Store Robbery - NBC Connecticut

Home Invasion, Kidnapping Leads to $4 Million Jewelry Store Robbery



    Police Search For Suspects In Jewelry Heist

    A manhunt is underway for a group of armed men responsible for a home invasion, kidnapping and jewelry heist Thursday night. (Published Friday, April 12, 2013)

    Police said they found a car stolen from a victim of a home invasion and jewelry store robbery on Thursday night, but they continue to search for a group of men who committed the crime

    Police said four to five men entered an apartment on Gravel Street in Meriden and bound and gagged two men inside their home with electrical tape. Then, they went to the victims' jewelry store robbery in Fairfield late Thursday night and stole more than $4 million in jewelry, according to police.

    While the intruders were in the middle of the home invasion, two of the victims’ friends arrived at the home and the intruders tied them up, then drove off the original two victims to the jewelry store they own in Fairfield, Lenox Jewelers, police said.

    The intruders stole jewelry from the store safe and fled, police said. The robbery took five minutes. When the victims heard the robbers leave, they were able to free themselves and call 911, police said.

    One minute later, the victims held in Meriden were released, according to police, who believe all four people who committed the crime were communicating and coordinating their efforts with each other during the entire event. 

    “We are looking for four to five suspects. Each one of them was wearing gloves and a ski mask of some sort, with their faces covered,” Lt. Mark Walerysiak, of the Meriden Police Department, said.

    Police believe multiple firearms were used in the crimes. None of the victims were seriously injured.

    "Aside from being bound and gagged, all of our victims are healthy," Walerysiak said.

    The intruders stole a 2009 silver BMW from one of the victims. But police found the car, with Massachusetts license plate of 96NV02, on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield and they are processing it for evidence.

    Fairfield Detectives are working closely with Meriden Police and consulting with the FBI to determine if this robbery has any similarities to other robberies in the northeast.