Four Arrested in Audemars Piguet Robbery

The flagship U.S. store of luxury Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet was robbed in broad daylight March 2 by six men. Four of the six robbers have since been arrested, says the company. The violent late-morning theft at the midtown New York City store occurred shortly before noon. According to a company spokesman, two robbers pretending to be customers entered the store first. After assaulting a security guard, the six robbers used a sledgehammer to destroy six display cases and then fled with 12 watches and a ring, valued at about $400,000. At press time, none of the watches—including the most expensive, a women's diamond Charleston worth $140,000—had been recovered. Company officials believe the watches, which are traceable by their case and movement numbers, eventually will turn up. A list of model numbers of the stolen items is available at www.Timezone.com. The store was of
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