This is the terrifying moment a gang of masked men stole $2 million worth of gems in less than a minute during a brazen smash-and-grab at a Brooklyn jewelry store.
Shocking footage showed the hooded brutes bash their way into the cases with hammers before stuffing the goods into a large bag.
Two of them continued to loot the shop while another appeared to stand guard at the entrance to Facets in Park Slope around 5pm on Sunday.
Meanwhile a horrified customer watched on in terror as they continued their rampage and threatened to shoot a member of staff.
The trio of masked men are seen smashing the main glass displays with hammers
Shop owner Irina Sulay said she was helping a customer when she spotted the three men outside her store.
After one of the men rang the buzzer, she let them in, unaware of the shocking crime that was about to take place.
The trio threatened to shoot a store employee before smashing three of the main glass displays with a hammer and grabbing the contents inside.
They continued diamond engagement rings, handmade designs and rare antique collectibles.
A picture of two out of the three of the men involved in the brazen heist that took place on Sunday around 5pm at Facets jewelry store in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Terrified customers were inside the store, but no one was injured. Though the owner was left shaken and said she ‘could barely even speak’ after
At one point, one horrified worker tried to call for help until one of the thugs yells out: ‘Don’t move! What the f*** are you going? I’m going to shoot you!’
A terrified customer and store employee were inside the store, but no one was injured. Though the owner was left shaken and said she ‘could barely even speak’ after.
At one point, one horrified worker tried to call for help until one of the thugs yells out: ‘Don’t move! What the f*** are you doing? I’m going to shoot you!’
The three masked men fled with all the jewels in tow and still remain at large, the NYDP said.
The Sulay family are descendants of Bukharian Jewish gem traders- ‘this is in our blood back going back from the Silk Road,’ she said.
They first moved to the Park Slope Brooklyn neighborhood in 2001 operating out of a 500-square-foot boutique.
In 2019, they expanded the family business and moved into a 2,000-square two-story space on the same block.
‘We started designing and collecting more antique pieces and transitioned the business to something more special because we had so many different things we were doing,’ she said.
The Sulay family, descendants of Bukharian Jewish gem traders, opened their store in the Brooklyn neighborhood in 2001, and in 2019, moved to a larger space on the same block
Sulay told DailyMail.com that she was scared but she tried to stay calm which she said, ‘saved’ them from a situation that could have been, far worse.
‘We didn’t get hysterical and did what we were told then waited for them to exit,’ she said. ‘If anyone of these women yelled, panicked or even fainted, it would not have been so good. We didn’t move. We were just watching them like Holy S***t! This is real. ‘
She said the trio ‘knew exactly what cases to take from and only took the big ticket items,’ during the smash-and-grab.
Though the horrifying ordeal lasted about 38 seconds, she said if felt a lot longer.
‘They took off with two and a half full cases of diamond engagement rings – about 100 rings.’
She continued: ‘They were all Eastern European, old mine cut, circa 1800s, 1890, 1930, 1950. Some of the pieces were designed in-house.’
The stolen merchandise was valued between $1 million and $2 million.
She said she was still doing inventory, so that number may change, but was heartbroken by the loss.
‘For me it is not the diamond, but the mounting – the actual basket – that the setting is held in. These settings were all handmade going back centuries. You cannot replace that. ‘