At an antique jewelry and watch show at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City last month, a man was caught on video taking a box of antique jewelry, placing it in a trash can, and then casually pushing it down 18th Street. .
Inside the trash can was a box full of antique jewelry worth more than half a million dollars.
“It happens in the blink of an eye and when you least expect it,” said Julia Rover, a specialist antique jeweler who owns the jewelry box she has spent her life collecting. “Each of these pieces is a unique piece of wearable art.”
Rover was setting up his booth at the show when a stranger snuck past the witnesses and took the jewelry box.
The average age of the stolen pieces is 150 years. Some pieces are nearly 300 years old. Among the items stolen are intricate bracelets, rings and necklaces.
The NYPD Major Case Squad is working with the New York State Police to find the jewelry thieves — three men and one woman. The crew is also involved in another robbery at the Javits Center last month.
According to Rover, you can’t put a price tag on some of these pieces.
“It would be a real tragedy if some of these were destroyed,” Rover said.