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Sledgehammer-Wielding Trio Stole Rolexes From Martin Jewelers, Police Say

Police arrested one of three men accused of breaking a display case at Martin Jewelers in Cranford.

Three men broke into glass cases at Martin Jewelers on North Avenue Thursday afternoon, according to the Cranford Police Department.

The men entered the store at approximately 12:51 p.m. and smashed a display case with sledgehammers, police said. The men then fled with two Rolex watches, worth approximately $35,000, when Patrolman Timothy O’Brien saw one of the men exiting the front door, police said. After a brief chase on foot, O’Brien apprehended the man.

Tyrone Dehoyos, 35, of Queens, NY, was arrested and charged with theft and resisting arrest. 

Dehoyos was transported to Union County Jail pending a Superior Court appearance on Jan. 13.  His bail is set at $50,000.

The other two men exited through a rear door and left in what was described as a silver BMW with a black bumper guard and Pennsylvania license places, witnesses said.

"The two suspects at large are described as black or dark Hispanic males wearing dark blue or black jackets," a press release from the department said. "One had a ski style hat with a pompom."

Cranford Police and members from the Union County Sheriff’s department were on scene in the lot behind Martin Jewelers following the incident.

No weapons were displayed and no threats were made during the incident. Also, no one was injured, police said. Police are still investigating the incident and interviewing any witnesses.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Ryan Greco or Det. John Swandrak at 908-272-2222.

Doni Remba January 09, 2014 at 05:57 PM
That's awful! But they didn't "break into the store" because the store was open at 12:51 pm on Thursday afternoon. They just walked in! You can't break in to a place that isn't closed or locked. They smashed the display cases but they got into the store not by breaking in - unless they didn't come in through an unlocked door!
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) January 09, 2014 at 06:38 PM
You're correct, Doni. That was my error in copyediting. The trio are accused of breaking into glass cases. Thank you for alerting us.
Lisa Weaver January 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Oh no; what has become of my wonderful hometown of Cranford? As a 52 year Cranford "lifer" who's Mother worked 30 years at Martin Jewelers, I am disgusted with the crime running thru our town. Lets get more police and tougher laws before people start getting hurt.
barbara matten January 10, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Lisa.....don't get excited!!! This is big news in Cranford because it DOES NOT happen every day. Some places, it wouldn't even make the front page!!! Don't give up on Cranford just yet :)

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