Sunday, May 01, 1977

Three Seized Before Theft Can Even Be Reported

Nearly 7000 electronic wristwatches valued at more than $1 million were stolen from a Queens’ warehouse before dawn yesterday, but the police said they arrested three men, recovered the watches and solved the crime two hours before the burglary was discovered.

Two plainclothesmen assigned to post-midnight burglary patrol spotted three men lugging 13 shipping crates into a house at 170 Himrod Street in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn shortly after 3 AM.

The officers stopped the men and checked the boxes which contained the watches worth $150 each.

Excerpt from New York Times May 1977

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