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$500,000 Jewelry Store Robbery: 79-Year-Old Woman Attacked in Queens Heist

Police are looking for four people believed to have been involved in the crime.




A 79-year-old women was attacked during a $500,000 robbery at a jewelry store in Queens, NY.

Police said two men pushed past the woman as she tried to prevent them from entering Diamond Collect in Flushing at about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22. They demanded that she open the safe, but she could not. The woman is the mother of the store’s owner and had just flown in from Taiwan for a visit, the New York Post reports.

Police said the men “punched, kicked and struck a 79-year-old female employee in the head with a handgun.” She was taken to a  local hospital and listed in stable condition, according to the Post.

The men fled with about $500,000 in merchandise, police said.

Authorities have released photos of two men believed to have entered the store, along with two other men believed to be accomplices, the Post reports.





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