NYC Jeweler Loses $500K In Heist

Amit Sharma was looking forward to the Dec. 9 season preview event he planned
for his New York City jewelry boutique Nirvana International, but a burglary
that left him with little inventory foiled those plans.
Sharma tells JCK that sometime
between 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 11 a.m. Dec. 5, nearly $500,000 worth of inventory
was taken from the store’s safe. “I’m still in shock right now,” Sharma says.
The thieves apparently entered the store by cutting a hole in the ceiling of
the office where the safe is kept. Sharma says it appears the thieves entered
the building next door and broke a fourth floor window to gain access to
Nirvana International.
Crime scene units have spent two days investigating the store and Sharma says
detectives are telling him it appears to be a professional job. “It’s a secure
place,” he says. “I have sensors and a camera. You put so much effort into
securing a place and still it’s not enough.”
Sharma opened the fine jewelry and art store in June.  He owned a
wholesale business in the Diamond District on 47th Street for 11 years. Still,
he says he has never experienced anything like this.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do now. I used to design my own pieces but now
I don’t have any loose stones to do anything with.”