Two thieves, disguised as Hasidic Jews, forced [jewelry store owner Atul] Shah at gunpoint to open the safe in Dialite [Import]’s office in Manhattan’s Diamond District, then tied up Shah and an employee before leaving with millions of dollars’ worth of jewels, authorities were told.
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But it was all a hoax, Assistant District Attorney Eugene Hurley said Monday. Authorities have said the gem dealers were six months behind on rent and at least $1 million in debt.
The dealer, like most in the Diamond District, has surveillance video, that prosecutors said the accused tried to delete:
Despite the drain cleaner poured on the surveillance system, investigators were ultimately able to see images of the conspirators removing jewels from the safe and putting in empty boxes hours before the supposed hold-up, Hurley said.