Car used in Lenox Jewelry robbery recovered

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Fairfield police responded to a hostage/robbery at Lenox Jewelers. (Doing It Local photo)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1:30 p.m.: Fairfield police said they have recovered the stolen BMW used in the Lenox Jewlery robbery.

Crediting information from a concerned citizen, police said the car was found on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield.

The vehicle is currently in the custody of the Fairfield Police Department and is being processed for evidence with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad.

The incident remains under investigation and involves the coordinated efforts of several law enforcement agencies including the United States Attorney’s office.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 11:14 a.m.: A manager of Lenox Jewelry Store located at 2379 Black Rock Turnpike called 911 on April 11, at 10:51 p.m., to report that he and a second employee were kidnapped and the store was robbed of jewelry.

Officers on scene quickly learned that two employees of Lenox Jewelry Store were taken at gun point from an apartment in Meriden by two unknown suspects. As these two victims were being held, two acquaintances arrived at their apartment and were held by two additional suspects.

The manager and employee were placed into the manager’s vehicle, a 2009 silver BMW with Massachusetts registration 96NV02 and were driven from Meriden to Fairfield by way of Route 15, exiting at the Black Rock Turnpike exit 44.

The victims opened the store, allowing the suspects entry, and it is believed that in excess of $4 million in jewelry was taken from the store safe. The robbery was conducted in five minutes from the time of entry into the store to the suspects exit.

The two victims report being restrained in the back of the store while the robbers left in their vehicle. Shortly after hearing the suspects leave, they were able to free themselves and call 911, awaiting Fairfield officer’s arrival.

Meriden Police were contacted and it was learned that the two suspects held in the apartment in Meriden during this robbery were released one minute after the two suspects left the Fairfield Lenox store. It is believed that all four suspects were communicating and coordinating their efforts with each other during the entire event.

Fairfield Detectives are working closely with Meriden Police and consulting with the FBI to determine if this robbery has any similarities to other robberies in the northeast.

The 911 call to Fairfield’s Emergency Communication Center is being released and video evidence is currently being reviewed.

Listen to the 911 call:
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