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Armed robbers face justice in New York for year-long spree of luxury watch stick-ups

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Federal prosecutors are looking to convict a pair of alleged armed robbers that have terrorized prestige jewelers in Long Island, New York City, New Jersey and Manhattan in a year-long crime spree from October 2019 to November 2020.

Victor Rivera and Johan Araujo are accused of targeting top end retailers selling watches from the likes of Richard Mille, Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe.

In some of the hold-ups, Mr Rivera is alleged to have used a gun, including during a raid on an unidentified Brooklyn jeweler where a Richard Mille watch worth $150,000 was stolen.

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On another occasion, prosecutors described the theft of a $500,000 Richard Mille from an unnamed jeweler in Queens.

“The defendants committed a series of armed robberies and attempted robberies of jewelers and other luxury watches in and around New York City,” Manhattan US attorney Audrey Strauss said on Monday.

“Thanks to the outstanding work of the NYPD and special agents of our office, time ran out on the defendants, who now face federal charges for their alleged crimes.”

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