Police said Thursday that a 79-year-old worker at a jewelry store in Queens was beaten and shot with a gun during a $500,000 robbery.
A pair of robbers broke into a Diamond Collect store on 39th Avenue near Prince Street in Flushing around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Violent scammers kicked and punched the worker and hit her in the head with a pistol before fleeing with half a million dollars in booty.
Surveillance footage released by the NYPD shows one robber brandishing a gun as the victim lies on the floor after being attacked. The glass is shattered when another burglar breaks the display case, pulling the item from his belt while the victim raises his arm in a defensive stance.
After the scammers fled, medics took the victim to New York-Presbyterian Queens in a stable condition.
The robbers fled south towards Prince Street and were not caught. The police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and searching for them.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be confidential.
The attackers carried off about half a million different pieces of jewelry and were last seen running towards Prince St. Louis.
Anyone with information about them is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
The NYPD is asking the public for help in identifying the individuals featured in the attached media in connection with a robbery that occurred within the 109th precinct. The police received the following message:
On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at approximately 2:32 pm, two unidentified men entered the Diamond Collect at 133-42 39 Avenue. Once inside, people punched, kicked and hit the 79-year-old employee on the head with a pistol. People stole about $500,000 worth of jewelry before fleeing on foot south towards Prince Street. The victim was taken to New York’s Queens Hospital, his condition is stable.