Authorities announced four individuals were charged in for participating in a multi-state robbery crew that stole over $1 million in luxury watches and other goods across New York, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Allens Williams, 35; Roberto Grant, 33; Terrell Ratliff, 22; and Tyrone DeHoyos, 35, were charged Feb. 12, according to authorities.
Williams and Grant had walked out of a Midtown Manhattan Cartier store with over $700,000 worth of watches.
The charges were announced by Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and William Bratton, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York
The defendants engaged in violent robbery of multiple luxury jewelry stores including Cartier on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
“They allegedly combined forethought with force, scouting out their targets and then terrorizing customers and employees by smashing display cases with hammers and stealing high-end timepieces,” Bharara stated. “They will now face the consequences of their violent shopping spree.”
It took sophisticated techniques to tie the heists together, Venizelos said.