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$200K stolen from Borgata

Jewelry heists don’t just happen in the movies

It’s just like a scene from the movie “Oceans Eleven”: the famous Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, located in Atlantic City, has been robbed. On Monday around 8:45 p.m. a group of burglars stole $200,000 of jewelry, primarily Rolex watches, from the lavish premises. Police originally valued the stolen goods at $500K, but they later readjusted the number to its actual amount.

John J. Kennedy, president of the Jewelers Security Alliance, says that it’s not surprising that this happened.

“What’s interesting is we’re seeing a big rash of smash-and-grabs between New Jersey and Atlanta on the east coast. A tremendous rash of them in that east coast region. The localities really have shifted,” Kennedy said. “There seems to be more instances where a large number of males go into the store and smash the case and get out of there in 20 or 30 seconds rather than point a gun at a store owner.”

Security cameras have sighted the “smash-and-grab”-ers. They are three darkly clad men, who, after smashing jewelry cases and grabbing the dazzling jewelry, drove off in an unmarked dark-colored vehicle. A fourth person, the driver, is also on the wanted list.

In a similar manner as “Oceans Eleven,” the heist occurred during the gambling resort’s 10-year anniversary, amid the chaos of a party.

The Borgata opened on July 2, 2003. It’s the home to thousands of rooms and suites and slot machines. It holds 3,400 slot machines, 11 shops and 2,000 guest rooms and suites.

As to finding those pretentious robbers, no information has been collected as of yet. But it’s sure the police will find the suspects and not let them get away with the scandal like in “Oceans Eleven.”

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