The NY Post reports the following:
A Brooklyn jeweler was kidnapped on New Year’s Eve by two gun-toting thugs who forced him to drive to his warehouse, then grabbed more than $1 million worth of jewelry.
The diamond and gold dealer was driving along Williamsburg Street and Wythe Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. when the thieves flagged him down and asked for directions to the Brooklyn Bridge. He said he didn’t recognize them, but it seemed clear they knew exactly who he was.
As he gave directions to one of the men, the accomplice jumped into his car, brandishing a gun. In an instant, both crooks were inside the car and holding a gun to Berkovits’ head, he said. They ordered him to go to the headquarters of his jewelry importing company at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, about a mile away. Once there, they looted his business, making two trips to the car to load up more than a million in jewelry, the NY Post said. Berkovitz didn’t give cops a more precise estimate because he would need an exact figure for insurance purposes. They then dropped off the stunned businessman on Clinton Avenue.
Berkovits said that there are video cameras near his office, but it’s unclear if cops can recover images from the tapes.
(NY Post / Lipas / YW-88)