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$4 Million Jewelry Heist Almost Foiled When Thieves Can’t Hail a New York Taxi



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With little concern for fingerprints, security cameras, or even a getaway plan, three men robbed a New York jewelry store popular with celebrity rappers in broad daylight on Sunday, making off with $4 million of diamond-encrusted watches, gold chains, and assorted bling.

Detectives released video footage of the brazen heist, which took place in the city’s Diamond District around noon on Aug. 25, showing two men pull out silver-colored handguns before restraining staff with zip-ties and duct-tape as they brushed back long braids which they appeared to be wearing as a disguise.

There, the thieves’ foresight appeared to end, according to the New York Post, which quoted police sources as saying that they tried in vain to escape in a taxi.

“Nobody would pick them up. They seemed to have it all worked out, except how to get away,” one high-ranking NYPD official said, according to the Post.
But despite failing to hail a ride, the thieves still got away with two minutes to spare, before the NYPD arrived on the scene.

Three men were involved in the heist. A third, wearing a dark cap, can be seen in the security footage shared by the New York Police Department.

One of the store staff said that the thieves were “very sloppy,” according to an earlier NY Post article. “Sloppy thieves because they weren’t in coordination. If one guy was saying, ‘Get their phones,’ another guy was saying, ‘Open the showcase.’”
The thieves grabbed so much bling that they had to use backpacks with the jewelry store logo to carry it off.

The jewelry store, Avianne & Co, has a huge following on social media, with over 320,000 followers on Instagram, and is a favorite of celebrities such as Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

According to CBS, staff told police that one of the suspects initially posed as a customer, entering the store around noon.

After the four employees working at the store were tied up, one of them was able to free themselves and call 911, reported CBS.

“The cops took about two minutes to get here, but it was too late,” one of the workers told the Post, saying the whole incident lasted around 15 minutes.

One man who was eating at a nearby restaurant told CBS one of the victims of the robbery walked in dazed and shaken, saying his boss had been forced to open up the safe.

“He said they stole like $4 million worth of retail. He sat down to eat. He ate like really quick … You could tell like something bad really happened,” Eli Arieh told the station. “He told us, ‘Yeah, we got robbed. It was crazy.’ He said thank God nobody was injured. He said he was happy to be alive.”

Police have not officially commented on the value of jewelry stolen, but the NY Post quoted a high-ranking NYPD source confirming that it was around $4 million.

Stores in the Diamond District in midtown Manhattan are typically shut on Sundays, security patrols are fewer, and the area is relatively deserted.

A police source told the Post that the robbers would be able to fence what they stole from the store, which they say is popular with gang members.

“There’s plenty of people out there who would buy it. They’ll sell it to other gangbangers,” the source said. “Perfect examples would be someone like a celebrity with ties to a gang.”


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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