Thieves Snatch Cartier Watch from Man in New York City, Police Release Video of Incident
Two robbers follow a man around Manhattan and steal an expensive Cartier watch from his wrist. The suspects stole a $35,000 watch in Chelsea on August 29; the incident was caught on camera and released by the NYPD. Two suspects came up to the victim, one of them pulled his shirt up and displayed, maybe, a weapon on his waistband.
According to reports, one of the robbers demanded the victim’s Cartier watch. The defendants pursued the victim as he tried to flee towards West 24th Street and Ninth Avenue, where they are shown on film dragging him to the ground and tearing the victim’s watch from his wrist. If the suspect had a gun at all is unknown. There were no detentions.
The perpetrators who were seen on camera robbing the victim in Manhattan’s Chelsea area at around 10:00 p.m. are being sought by police in an effort to identify and apprehend them.
The victim was observed with two other males prior to the heist on a sidewalk in New York City, and they escaped as the criminals neared. Before attempting the robbery, one of the criminals inquired about the victim’s watch, according to reports. The two thereafter drove off in a black vehicle, which was last seen driving south on Ninth Avenue.
The incident occurs as recent statistics show that over 40,000 New Yorkers have relocated to Florida as a result of the state’s escalating crime, exorbitant taxes, and soaring expenses of living. Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that 5,838 New Yorkers traded in their Empire State licenses each month, representing the largest number of transfers. Since the pandemic started a few years ago, there has been an increase in crime in New York.
According to retired NYPD Lt. John McCarey, who last year relocated to Florida, the COVID-19 mandate is one of the main reasons people are leaving the city at this time, and violence is another major factor.