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Clifton jewelry store robbers lead police on chase, one into Lyndhurst

NEWSBREAK : A manhunt for two jewelry store gunmen quickly turned up one suspect, who was hiding under a pool deck behind a Lyndhurst home, police told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Detectives know who the second bandit in the Clifton holdup is and expect to have him in custody shortly, the website has learned.

Police recover $200,000 worth of jewelry in Monday morning Clifton heist

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Police have recovered $200,000 in jewelry and cash taken in a brazen holdup at Tony’s Jeweler’s on Main Street in Clifton just before noon Monday, a law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .


Children were kept inside both Jefferson schools in Lyndhurst as a dragnet of officers from various departments closed in on one of the gunmen, who police said had raced off on foot and was caught by a Clifton cop under a pool deck on Riverside Avenue.

The second apparently fled in what may have been a waiting car, they said.

“We asked school officials to keep the kids inside. We were concerned for their safety,” Lyndhurst Police Chief James O’Connor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “It was not a lockdown. It was what we call a shut-in. We weren’t sure whether these guys were armed or not.”

Turns out they were when they burst into Tony Jeweler’s on Main Avenue at 11:15 a.m. wearing ski masks, pointed weapons at employees and smashed display cases to get at the goods. They also took an undetermined amount of cash.

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