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This is the dramatic moment the three thieves who raided a New York jewelry store on Sunday launched their brazen heist by whipping out their guns and taking the employees hostage.
New footage released by the New York Police Department shows how one of the robbers posed as a customer in a private meeting with three employees in the back room of Avianne and Co. in Midtown's Diamond District, before pulling out his gun.
NYPD - Clip - Surveillance - Footage - Monday
The NYPD shared the 40-second clip of additional surveillance footage on Monday morning asking for help in identifying the thieves.
The clip shows the suspect, who has shoulder-length dreadlocks and is dressed in a blue blazer and hat, dramatically pull out a silver handgun from under the table and order the employees to get on the ground.
Suspect - Employees - Room - Hostage - Robbery
As the suspect takes the employees in the back room hostage, the two other robbery suspects in the front of the store pull their handguns on the single store employee managing the floor.
The suspects then tied up the four employees with duct tape and zip ties and keep them in the back room.
Clip - Employees - Ground - Suspects - Duffel
The clip shows the employees on the ground and one of the suspects getting a duffel bag out to stuff the diamond encrusted chains and watches from the shop inside.
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