Four arrested after brazen jewelry store heist in Wyckoff

´╗┐Four arrested after brazen jewelry store heist in Wyckoff

WYCKOFF Four men are in custody following a brazen, noontime jewelry heist today that for a brief time netted the quartet handfuls of Rolex watches worth millions of dollars, police said.

All four, including one who jumped from a moving Chevrolet Tahoe SUV as it was being pursued by police, were arrested shortly afterward, police said.

Police identified the men as Darren Ellis, Brooklyn , 28; Maurice J. Highland, Jamaica, New York, 24; Andre C. Lewis, Brooklyn, 35; and Adrian C. Hicken, Effort, Pa., 35.

They all face charges of robbery and theft, assault, possession of a weapon, eluding, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault upon a police officer.

The robbery began when three men, all wearing ski masks and at least one of whom was armed with a sledgehammer, walked into the jewelry store shortly before noon and began smashing Rolex display cases and scooping the watches into a pillowcase, police said. Another of the robbers opened a store safe and started taking rings, earrings and necklaces, police said.

Two customers, both women, were thrown to the floor, but neither was injured.

The men then fled and got into an SUV parked nearby and driven by a fourth man.

Police pursued the robbers down Route 208, said police department spokesman Matt Fenkart said.

The first suspect was arrested when he bailed out of the vehicle in Franklin Lakes, and the others in Hawthorne, Fenkart said.

A Hawthorne officer stopped the getaway vehicle with his police cruiser on Goffle Road, and the remaining suspects were arrested when they tried to run away, he said.

The officer was injured, Fenkart said, but it not clear whether he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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