Connecticut jewelry store robbed; thieves caught by police after car chase

Two armed men robbed a Greenwich, Conn., store of $1.9 million in jewelry Wednesday before leading police on a 20-mile chase into New York, authorities reportedly said.

The men hurled diamond rings, pearl necklaces and designer watches onto Interstate 95 as they drove, Newsday reports. Police shut down the highway for nearly an hour as officers looked for the jewelry.

Police reportedly said the two men forced their way into Manfredi Jewels Ltd. at about 9 a.m., then handcuffed the store’s four employees at gunpoint. One escaped and called police. None were injured.

Police arrested Queens, N.Y., residents Tony P. Davis, 36, and Anthony T. Grant, 37, after their sport utility vehicle crashed in the Bronx, Newsday reports. They will likely be charged with first-degree armed robbery, Greenwich police Chief James Walters told the Greenwich Time. Both have previous robbery convictions in New York.

Police were looking for a third man they believe was the getaway driver, Newsday reports. He ran away after the crash.

Store owner Robert Chiappelloni told the newspaper that he was grateful his employees were not hurt.

Fairfield County, Connecticut, has had several high-profile jewelry store robberies in recent weeks.

Jewelry shop owners Timothy and Kimberly Donnelly were shot to death in a robbery Feb. 2 in Fairfield. The suspects, Christopher DiMeo and Nicole Pearce, both 23, are charged with murder and robbery. They will be tried first on similar charges in New York, where they are being held without bail.