Robbers with machine guns storm NYC jewelry store- Take $2 million in gems and watches

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By The New York Post

A gunman stormed into a jewelry shop in the heart of the Diamond District on Tuesday and pistol-whipped the owner’s dad before making off with $2 million in gems and watches, police and witnesses said.

The thug and his accomplice — who acted as a lookout outside the wholesale Watch Standard Jeweler at 23 West 47th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues — fed into the busy streets amid the nearby Veterans Day parade, sparking a blocks-wide manhunt.

“It was $2 million in jewelry, mostly watches,” said store owner Danny Mikhaylov. “They came in and said, ‘Give me all your stuff!’ ”

Wearing a trench coat, the armed robber posed as a deliveryman, prompting Mikhaylov’s 37-year-old friend to buzz the crook into the eighth-floor business at about 2:45 p.m.

“He knocked on the door and said he had a package, and they buzzed him in,’’ a law enforcement source said.

Once inside, the robber whipped out a handgun and held four people — including Mikhaylov and his sister Suszi, 27 — at gunpoint, police sources said.

At one point, the thief harshly grabbed the sister’s arm to keep her under control, sources said.

The owner’s 56-year-old father, Boris Mikhaylov, unwittingly walked into the shop during the stickup, and the gunman pistol-whipped him, leaving him with a bloody gash on his head.

The thief rifled through a safe before he and his accomplice bolted toward Sixth Avenue with their loot in a bag marked “K,” police sources said.

“The safe was open,” the younger Mikhaylov said. “One of the guys put the money in the bag.”

His dad was briefly hospitalized, but was not seriously hurt.

“He wasn’t hit that hard, he’s fine,” Mikhaylov told The Post. “Everybody’s fine, no one’s hurt.”

Cops at first treated the incident as a hostage situation.

“All of a sudden, the SWAT team had guns drawn, and they were screaming to get out,” said Tony Jabaly, who works in the building. “They went through the entire building looking for the guys.”

Jewelry maker Danielle Hudson, who also works in the building, added, “This is crazy. The cops barged in and told us somebody stole a bunch of jewelry . . . which was pretty terrifying.”

After sweeping the building and bringing in dogs to check the roof, police concluded that the pair had fled the area, the sources said.

Investigators were scouring local surveillance video for clues.

The gunman was 40 to 50 years old, wore sunglasses, a Kangol hat and had a goatee. He was carrying a duffel bag.

His partner was 30 to 40 years old and wearing a black hoodie, True Religion jeans and a red baseball cap.

Danny Mikhaylov said he would give an unspecified reward to anyone who could help collar the crooks.

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