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Cops: 2 arrests made in NYC smash-and-grab Cartier heist

Police are investigating a robbery at the Cartier store on Fifth Avenue.
CBS New York, Eileen Lehpamer

MANHATTAN, N.Y. – Two suspects have been arrested after five men carried out a “smash and grab” robbery at the Cartier store in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, reports CBS New York.

According to police, five masked men entered the jewelry store at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street around 12:30 p.m. The men used hammers to smash the store’s glass display cases and snatched 16 watches worth over $700,000.

Police Commissioner William Bratton credited video surveillance and good police work as keys to the arrests.

“We have two suspects in custody, recovered some of the property, and our anticipation is that we will be able to solve a number of other New York City related cases as a result of that,” Bratton said.

The thieves may have been involved in other robberies in the area, according to authorities.

The crime was carried out as many people flocked to midtown Manhattan to take part in festivities relating to Sunday’s Super Bowl.