$4 - $5M worth of jewelry stolen in dramatic kidnapping, robbery - WFSB 3 Connecticut

$4 - $5M worth of jewelry stolen in dramatic kidnapping, robbery


Like a scene from a movie, police in Meriden and Fairfield are looking for four or five men accused of kidnapping two men and bringing them to a jewelry store to rob it.

Meriden and Fairfield police have been looking for two men involved since a home invasion on Gravel Street in Meriden and robbery at Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield was reported.

According to police, they were called to an apartment at 120 Gravel St. shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, where they located two of four victims involved in the home invasion.

The victims told police that two of them were bound and gagged with duct tape in the home by the suspects, all of whom were wearing masks and gloves and armed with handguns.

While the suspects were ransacking the home, two more victims arrived at the home. Police said they are obviously acquaintances of the victims; however, their relationships are unknown.

Both of those victims were also bound and gagged by the suspects.

Police said the first two victims were then blindfolded and forced into a vehicle in Meriden, then taken to a second vehicle at an unknown location and finally to Lenox Jewelers in Fairfield.

There, police said, the two men were forced to enter security codes to first get into the building, and then into the safe where the robbers proceeded to steal between $4 million and $5 million worth of watches, diamonds and gold.

"They were ordering you to keep your mouth shut, follow what they say," said Lenox Jewelers manager Antoine Abeddy.

Investigators said the suspects were in and out of the store about five minutes. 

"You worry about your family and everybody else," Abeddy said. "It wasn't an easy one."

None of the victims were harmed during the incident.

"Thank God everyone is fine. The problem is it wasn't a robbery that lasted a few minutes," Abeddy said. "It went on for over two hours."

Police said the suspects took a vehicle belonging to one of the victims. Police recovered a 2009 silver BMW 528 XI on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield shortly before 1 p.m.

No suspects were located. However, the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad and the Fairfield Police Department are examining the vehicle.

They are working on fingerprinting the car that was found as well.

The same jewelry store was hit back in 2010 when the robbers stormed in right before closing. Police are looking to see if the two incidents are at all connected.

"We're not ruling out anything at this juncture," said Fairfield Police Deputy Chief Chris Lyddy. "However, that is an unlikely scenario based on what we know so far."

There was video from inside the store, but police told Eyewitness News the men had their faces concealed with masks and hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information on the home invasion is asked to call Meriden police at 203-630-6201, and anyone with information on the burglary should contact the Fairfield Police Department at 203-254-4800.

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