Four Charged With String of Smash-and-Grabs

Four men have been charged with being part of a theft gang that committed smash-and-grabs in three states, including a high-profile midday theft at Cartier’s flagship on Fifth Avenue in New York City. 

Allen Williams, 35; Roberto Grant, 33; Terrell Ratliff, 22; and Tyrone Dehoyos, 35, were all charged with robbery conspiracy and one or more substantive robberies.

Authorities allege the crew typically entered jewelers during regular business hours wearing masks and gloves, smashed display cases with hammers, grabbed any watches inside, and then fled into getaway cars. All in all, they are charged with stealing more than $1 million in watches.

But it was their brazen Jan. 30 theft at the Cartier flagship that garnered the most attention—and seems to have been their undoing. The robbery occurred at 12:30 p.m. at the legendary retailer and netted the thieves 16 high-end timepieces worth $700,000. But police were reportedly able to identify the getaway car and nabbed two suspects days later.

Among the stores believed to have been hit by the crew in addition to Cartier: the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.; Schwarzschild’s Jewelers in Richmond, Va.; and Martin Jewelers in Cranford, N.J.

JCK News Director