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Police: Jewelry Heist Ring that Hit New Canaan Nabbed

Well, almost all of them were nabbed, according to law enforcement officials. Authorities still want Ralik Hansen.

"Ralik Hansen a/k/a 'Ralik Taylor,' a/k/a 'Rahlik,' a/k/a 'Rah,' a/k/a 'Ratchet', 28, has been federally indicted, is at large, and is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Hansen should be considered armed and dangerous."
"Ralik Hansen a/k/a 'Ralik Taylor,' a/k/a 'Rahlik,' a/k/a 'Rah,' a/k/a 'Ratchet', 28, has been federally indicted, is at large, and is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Hansen should be considered armed and dangerous."
The gang that robbed Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers in downtown New Canaan has been nabbed and charged with other crimes in the Northeast, according to New Canaan police.

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski issued the following news release (and below that is a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, followed by the text from the wanted poster for one defendant still at large):

On November 6, 2013, at approximately 4 p.m., a robbery occurred at Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers located at 72 Elm St.

Four black males attempted to enter the jewelry store but were stopped when they could not open the front door because an alert employee had quickly locked the door.

One of the suspects shattered a front display window with a sledge hammer-type tool. The suspect reached in through the broken glass and took three  Rolex watches. The approximate value of the watches is $55,000.

All four suspects then fled on foot behind a row of business where it is believed that they fled in a Chevrolet Malibu, with tinted windows and NY registration plates. Blood and skin tissue evidence was recovered at the scene of the crime.

The subsequent investigation identified the following individuals as having committed this crime:

  • Roberto Grant a/k/a “Roberto Cross” a/k/a “Berto”, 33
  • Ralik Hansen a/k/a “Ralik Taylor,” a/k/a “Rahlik,” a/k/a “Rah,” a/k/a “Ratchet”, 28
  • Ronald McIntyre a/k/a “Rondu”, 36
  • Sean Robinson a/k/a “Sean Vicks,: a/k/a “Luca,” a/k/a “Luca Brasi”, 42 years of age
  • Allen Williams, 35

 

Grant, McIntyre, Robinson and Williams have been federally indicted, arrested, and are in federal custody. [Editor's note: See table of names and charges amid the pictures attached to this article.]

Hansen has been federally indicted, is at large, and is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Hansen should be considered armed and dangerous. See the attached wanted poster [also attached to this article].

The success of this investigation is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of the members of the New Canaan Police Department’s Investigative Section and Patrol Division, the Connecticut State Forensic Laboratory as well as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies in the tri-state area.

U.S. Attorney's Office News Release


The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York on Thursday, April 24, issued this news release (slightly edited; boldface referring to New Canaan added; original here):

Four More Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court with Participating in a Multi-State Robbery Crew That Used Violence, Including Firearms, to Steal More Than $1 Million in Luxury Watches


[The U.S. Attorney's Office and various law enforcement agencies] announced the unsealing of a seven-count superseding indictment yesterday charging eight members of a robbery crew operating across New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Connecticut with robbery conspiracy and robberies of high-end jewelry and watch stores using violence, including firearms, and resulting in the theft of more than one million dollars in watches and other goods.

The Superseding Indictment charges [eight defendants]—Sean Robinson, 42; Allen Williams, 35; Roberto Grant, 33; Terrell Ratliff, 22; Tyrone Dehoyos, 35; Ralik Hansen, 28; Ronald McIntyre, 36; and Kendal Thompson, 30—with robbery conspiracy, substantive robbery and firearms offenses.

Five of the defendants—Williams, Grant, Ratliff, Dehoyos, and Thompson—were previously arrested and detained pending trial.

Yesterday [Wednesday, April 23], Robinson was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, and McIntyre was transferred into federal custody, and both were arraigned before Judge Robert P. Patterson and detained pending trial. Hansen remains wanted by the FBI and is considered to be armed and dangerous.

According to the allegations contained in the Superseding Indictment, other court documents previously filed in federal court and statements made in court yesterday:

Between approximately July 1, 2013 and January 30, 2014, a highly organized crew engaged in a series of violent robberies of high-end jewelry and watch stores located in four states; smashed display cases with hammers while customers and employees were in the stores; and stole more than one million dollars in luxury watches.

The crew used violence as necessary to carry out the scheme. For example, during one robbery in September 2013 in Brooklyn, New York, two of the robbers displayed handguns, and a store owner was shot when he attempted to prevent members of the crew from fleeing with their stolen watches.

In another robbery in August 2013 in Richmond, Virginia, the robbers used a handheld stun gun to subdue a female store employee before fleeing with more than a $100,000 in watches.

Among the stores robbed by the crew are Cartier in Manhattan, New York; the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Schwarzschild’s Jewelers in Richmond, Virginia; Martin Jewelers in Cranford, New Jersey; Henry Reid and Sons Jewelers in New Canaan, CT; and Litan Jewelers in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. [Preet] Bharara [the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York] praised the investigative work of the FBI and the NYPD.

He also thanked the police departments of Cranford, New Jersey; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia; and New Canaan, CT; the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorneys’ Offices; and the Union County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance in the investigation, which he noted is ongoing.

The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Andrea Griswold and Richard Cooper are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the superseding indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Text from Wanted Poster for Ralik Hansen


WANTED
BY THE FBI
Hobbs Act Robbery; Hobbs Act Robbery Conspiracy

RALIK HANSEN

Aliases: "Rahlik", "Rah"
Date(s) of Birth Used: August 26, 1985; August 27, 1985; February 27, 1985;
Place of Birth: New York
Height: 6'1"
Weight: Approximately 205 pounds
NCIC: W570361649
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Nationality: American
Scars and Marks: Hansen has noticeable scars on his left wrist and left elbow.

Remarks: Hansen was last seen with a shaved head. He is known to frequent several locations in Brooklyn, New York. Hansen also has ties to the state of Georgia and the country of Panama.

DESCRIPTION
Hansen has noticeable scars on his left wrist and left elbow. Hansen was last seen with a shaved head. He is known to frequent several locations in Brooklyn, New York. Hansen also has ties to the state of Georgia and the country of Panama.

CAUTION
Ralik Hansen is wanted for his alleged participation in the robbery of the Cartier store in midtown Manhattan, New York City, on January 30, 2014. Hansen, among others, allegedly used hammers to smash open a glass display case containing approximately sixteen watches worth more than $700,000.

Some of the individuals involved have been arrested and some of the stolen goods have since been recovered. Hansen was indicted in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, on February 24, 2014, and was charged with Hobbs Act Robbery and Hobbs Act Robbery Conspiracy.

Hansen is also wanted for his alleged participation in at least two other robberies in New Jersey and Virginia as part of a violent interstate robbery crew hailing from Brooklyn, New York.

SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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