UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — An armed robber made off with more than a million dollars in watches this week at an Upper East Side jewelry store — and it’s not his first heist, police said Wednesday.
The thief wanted in a Tuesday smash-and-grab heist at A. Lange and Sohne, on Madison Avenue and East 67th Street, has been linked to a similar incident in 2016.
The man apparently worked alone in the most recent incident, in which he pulled out a gun, announced his plan to rob the store, then used a hammer to break the glass on multiple display cases, police said.
He made off with luxury watches worth $738,000, according to police.
More than a year earlier, on Nov. 21, 2016, police believe the same man robbed the Jaeger-Lecoultre Jewelry Store on Madison Avenue and East 63rd Street.
The earlier heist was similar — a man pulled out a gun and a “claw hammer” was used to smash display boxes — but a second robber was present, police said.
Five watches, valued at more than $300,000, were taken, according to police.
In the 2016 incident, one man was described as standing 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 240 pounds, and wearing a black winter coat, black dress pants, baseball cap and sunglasses. Police said he had a black handgun.
The second man was described as standing 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, and wearing a gray winter coat, multi-colored ski cap, black pants, black Nike boots, and black sunglasses. He had a” claw hammer,” police said.
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