The NYPD is still searching for two fedora-topped suspects accused of robbing a luxury watch store in Midtown this week, though the third suspect, a high-school valedictorian, was charged with robbery yesterday.
According to police, 18-year-old Omar Rawlins and two cohorts entered a Tourneau watch store on Madison Avenue on Tuesday, smashing display cases open with a hammer and grabbing over $700,000 worth of Rolex watches—one suspect carried a gun. Rawlins alone was caught with five gold Rolexes, and is being held on $100,000 bond or $5,000 cash.
Rawlins is the valedictorian of the Roads Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to his attorney, though he is also a member of the Crips gang. "“I’m a little curious … how somebody goes from being a valedictorian [who is] about to graduate from high school to armed robbery," a Manhattan judge told him in court yesterday. "You’re much better going the valedictorian route than the Crips."
Rawlins could face up to 30 years in prison if he's charged in federal court, since the watches were imported from Switzerland. Meanwhile, cops have released surveillance photos of the other two suspects, posted above. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.