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FBI Arrests Two Men Allegedly Linked To Thefts From High-End Stores

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Over $130,000 worth of watches were stolen from the Cartier store in Friendship Heights in April.
Over $130,000 worth of watches were stolen from the Cartier store in Friendship Heights in April.

The next time you visit Friendship Heights so you can drop $10,000 on a bauble from Gucci or Cartier, you don't need to worry that you'll get caught in the middle of a jewel heist.

That's what happened here at the Cartier store this past April—five masked men overwhelmed security guards, smashed glass cases and stole about $130,000 worth of watches.

But the FBI says it has now arrested two men who they believe are behind at least 14 similar smash-and-grab at high-end stores and at places like Tysons Gallery, Tysons Corner and the Pentagon City Mall.

The believe the alleged robbers nabbed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of watches and handbags from boutiques like Cartier, Gucci and Michael Kors. The heists happened between September and April while the stores were open.

The FBI caught the suspects after someone dropped a dime because someone overheard them talking about expensive watches. The FBI but the case together using surveillance video from the stores as well as cell phone records.


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