N.Y. dealer robbed of diamonds, other jewels

September 20, 1991|By William B. Talbott | William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

City police are investigating a robbery in which a New York City gem dealer said he was grabbed and his shoulder bag, which he said contained between $250,000 and $750,000 worth of diamonds and other precious jewels, was stolen.

Jack Spitzer, 32, who listed his address as the first block of W. 47th St. in Manhattan, told police he was robbed about 12:50 p.m. yesterday ashe walked in the 300 block W. Fairmount Ave. A man grabbed him around the neck from behind, he said, while a second man sprayed him with a Mace-like chemical.

Spitzer, who was not injured and refused treatment for the spraying, said the men threw him to the ground and one of them grabbed his black leather shoulder bag. A third man joined the duo, and all three men ran east on Fairmount.

The gem dealer ran to a shop nearby on Baltimore Street near Eutaw Street and called police. Spitzer said his assailants were white, and two of them about 25 to 30 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches or 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Police questioned attendants at two parking lots, the only businesses near the scene of the mugging, who said they had seen three men pacing back and forth in the street and around parked cars shortly before the robbery.

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