Midtown Rolex Heist Suspect Arrested in California – DNAinfo
MANHATTAN — Time ran out for a second suspect in a $730,000 Rolex watch heist in Midtown last year.
Christopher Mulligan, 22, was arrested in Stockton, California, Thursday and accused of taking part in the May 12, 2015 robbery at a Tourneau store on Madison Ave., according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Sporting fedoras and wearing black suits, the three men entered the luxury watch store around 1:30 p.m. and, while one fired a shot into the floor, the other two smashed display cases with hammers and stole about 20 Rolex timepieces worth approximately $730,000, according to court records.
Police caught and arrested Omar Rawlins the day of the robbery. Rawlins pleaded guilty to participating in the robbery and is awaiting sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The third man has still not been arrested, officials said.
“This violent crime at a Midtown watch store took 60 seconds to commit but, after being indicted and apprehended in California, the defendant’s time on the lam has run out and he’s facing decades in prison if convicted,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.
“In broad daylight in Midtown Manhattan, Mulligan and his co-conspirators allegedly carried out a gunpoint robbery of a Madison Avenue watch store, stealing not just Rolex watches worth more than $700,000, but robbing New York City residents of their sense of security,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in the press release.
Surveillance footage captured part of the robbery.
Mulligan has been charged with one count of conspiring to rob and one count of using a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.