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Employees tied up in robbery at Manhattan jewelry store frequented by well-known rappers

Posted at 9:09 PM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 06:39:31-04

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Three armed men posing as customers pulled off a daytime heist Sunday at a Midtown jewelry store that's regularly visited by rappers.

The robbers pulled out guns in Avianne Jewelry just after noon and zip tied four employees, police said. They cleared out the safe as well as several display cases

The three men fled on foot toward Fifth Avenue. Some of the loot was stuffed in a stolen Avianne backpack.

A friend of one of the employees who was tied up said the trio got away with more than $4 million in jewels. Police would not confirm how much was taken.

The owners spoke with police all day, but complained that there’s never enough police presence on West 47th street at the heart of the Diamond District

Those who work nearby were shocked by the brazen robbery.

Kodak Black and Jay Gwuapo are featured prominently on Avianne's Instagram account. Posts also include diamond necklaces featuring bullets and a broach called the Chanel grinch, which looks like a burglar holding a machine gun and carrying a Chanel bag.

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The Avianne experience is why the biggest artist in the world come to us! Kodak Black pulled up before his incident and Jay Gwuapo just got a new pendant. Directed by @elsantomedina. Music by @scottnorry.

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