On May 12, 2015, Tourneau’s Rolex store on Madison Ave. in NYC was the unfortunate target of a hanus robbery held up at gun point . Theft and robbery are always a concern especially with high end watch shops. Watches unlike more obvious larger high end items are small, wearable and unrecognizable to most. This is the second armed robbery of a watch shop in Midtown Manhattan in half a year. The first was a theft value of nearly a million dollars worth of Cartier watches in November of 2014.
According to NY Daily News,
Three men wearing dark suits – two in fedoras and one in a bow tie – entered the Tourneau store at 510 Madison Ave. about 1:15 p.m., NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry said.
One man fired from a semi-automatic weapon and the other two males began smashing display cases with hammers, Aubry said.
“When they first went into the establishment they fired a round onto the floor then later on while they were smashing the display cases with the hammers they fired another round towards the direction of an employee,” Aubry said.
There were four employees and one customer in the store. Nobody was injured.
A retired cop who works at the store called 911, police sources said.
The robbers grabbed dozens of Rolex watches and stuffed them in duffle bags, he said. They then went out the front door and fled east and north on Park Ave.
Plainclothes officers caught one suspect on 58th St. and Park Ave. as he tried to flee. His duffle bag was recovered with two dozen watches inside, a police source said.
Two suspects remained on the loose and got away with another bag. They may have escaped on the subway, a police source said.
It was unclear how much jewelry they stole. The store advertises a pre-owned Rolex Daytona circa 1973 for $45,000. Other watches cost in the tens of thousands.
One of the suspects was described as wearing a dark suit, black fedora, black shoes, blue shirt and carrying a black duffle bag with “Sport” written on it. The other man was wearing a dark suit, bow tie, black fedora and black shoes.
Police did not recover a gun. Cops said they have video.