Two jewelry couriers robbed outside a deli

For the second time in seven months, jewelry couriers from New York were robbed of their precious gems outside a deli in Vernon, Conn., the Hartford Courant reported.

In the latest heist, two couriers, who were not identified, were pulling up to Charlie’s Restaurant at 520 Hartford Turnpike when two masked men approached their car, smashed a window and snatched several satchels containing numerous pieces of jewelry, police told the newspaper. One of the robbers carried a gun.

The robbers fled eastbound on Hartford Turnpike in a dark-colored compact or mid-size vehicle, police told the newspaper.


The couriers yelled out, ‘Call the police,’ one witness told the newspaper. The couriers were not harmed.


The robbery is similar to one that occurred last September outside Rein’s New York Style Deli-Restaurant.


A man carrying jewels from Boston to New York was robbed at gunpoint of more than $1 million worth of gems after stopping for a meal at Rein’s at 435 Hartford Turnpike. Four robbers, however, approached the man and his son.


Both robberies took place just off I-84 about 6 p.m. In both cases, the robbers hopped into waiting cars. In September, the robbers headed west. Both times, the robbers were armed and the couriers were from New York.


Police would not place a value on the jewelry that was taken Thursday. The gems taken in September have not been recovered and the robbers have not been caught.


Police are asking anyone who witnessed Thursday’s theft to call 860-872-9126.

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