LONGWOOD — A jewelry store on Southern Boulevard was cleaned out of more than $200,000 worth of baubles over the weekend, including the type of chains worn by rapper 50 Cent.
Among the loot taken from G+G Jewelry, at 999 Southern Blvd., on April 13, were watches, diamond bracelets, diamond crosses, diamond earrings and chains, including a type that can sell for as much as $35,000.
Manager Mike Khan was in the store with two customers and a security guard around 11 a.m. when he said a masked robber came in holding a gun and demanded some of the store’s most expensive items.
The thief threatened to shoot the people in the store, saying he was going to "blow their heads [off]," Khan said.
He made off with the jewels in just over a minute, according to Khan.
Police said two teen boys were wanted for questioning in the robbery.
Owner Eddie Mohsen was not in the store, which has been open since the mid-'90s, when the robbery occurred. He said the theft might be a total loss because they did not have insurance.
“What we lost, we lost,” Mohsen said. “Nobody wants to insure a jewelry store in the South Bronx.”
Despite losing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, Khan was grateful the robbery did not end as badly as it could have.
“We are alive. That’s the main thing,” he said. “Thank God he didn’t hurt anything.”