5 arrested in Conn. $4M jewelry heist, kidnapping

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say five people have been arrested in the robbery of $4 million in jewelry from a Connecticut store in an elaborate heist that began with the kidnapping of store employees more than 40 miles away.

Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say the five were charged but did not immediately release additional information. Two defendants are scheduled to appear Thursday afternoon in federal court in Bridgeport.

Police said a group of men wearing masks and gloves broke into an apartment in Meriden on April 11 and bound and gagged four people, including the manager and another employee of a Lenox Jewelry store in Fairfield. The employees were then forced to use their access codes to open the safe.

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