Richest Apartment Building 740 Park Ave Jewlery Heist

Hedge Fund Manager Among the Victims of 740 Park Ave Jewlery Heist

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740 Park Ave jewelry thefts at “the world’s richest apartment building” — whose victims include also  hedge fund managers.

“It has to be someone from the inside, a building worker or a housekeeper. It’s a very secure building. No one is going to just walk in and gain access to these apartments,” a law-enforcement source said.

The burglaries, which netted more than $250,000 in bling, took place between May 30 and July 4 while their victims were out of town.
Cops questioned a worker, who had access to a key cabinet befre he was fired from 740 Park Ave., but they didn’t have enough evidence to arrest him, another source said.

Victims include socialite June Dyson, 95, the widow of legendary financier and philanthropist Charles H. Dyson. She lost an $82,000 diamond bracelet and a rhinestone pin between May 31 and June 16.

Other victims include hedge funder David Ganek, 49, and his novelist wife, Danielle Ganek, 49, who lost diamond earrings, two Patek Philippe watches and other jewelry worth nearly $100,000 from their sixth-floor pad.

Danielle, Zoe and David Ganek

Danielle, Zoe and David Ganek

David Ganek, 49, Apt. 6/7A, robbed between May 30 and June 6. Stolen from a walk-in closet were diamond earrings worth $22,500, diamond jewelry worth $12,000, his-and-hers Patek Philippe watches worth $59,800, and a $7,500 Rolex watch. Ganek co-fou5nded now-defunct Level Global hedge fund, which agreed to pay the feds more than $21. million for its role in an insider-trading scheme. He was never charged.

Also robbed was Lauren Merkin, 60, the wife of Ezra Merkin, who was charged with civil fraud for allegedly steering $2.4 billion in client money to Ponzi schemer Madoff. She lost a $47,000 diamond necklace, $5,000 diamond earrings, a gold Movado watch and two wedding bands from her sixth-and-seventh-floor home.

Mark+Robbins+Caryl+Englander+ICP+Welcomes+lG2ybFrUYNKxFourteenth-floor resident Caryl Englander, 59, a philanthropist and art collector, and her hubby, Israel, lost a $7,500 Vacheron Constantin gold watch.

Caryl Englander, 59, Apt. 14A, robbed between June 10 and June 16. Stolen from bedroom dresser was a Vacheron Constantine gold watch worth $7,500. She is a director of the Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation and, along with husband Israel, is a noted art collector and philanthropist.

June Dyson, 95, Apt. 2/3C (which faces 71st Street), was robbed between May 31 and June 19. A diamond bracelet worth $82,000 and a rhinestone pin were stolen from a closet. She is the widow of legendary financier and philanthropist Charles H. Dyson, who worked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was decorated by both the US and Britain for his service during World War II, Dyson was also the fifth entry on President Nixon’s infamous “enemies list” of political opponents.

Lauren Merkin, 60, Apt. 6/7B, the wife of Ezra Merkin, who was charged with civil fraud for allegedly steering $2.4 billion in client money to Bernie Madoff. She was robbed between June 16 and July 4. A diamond necklace worth $47,000, diamond earrings worth $5,000, a gold Movado watch, two weddings bands and cuff links were taken from a closet.

David Ganek, 49, Apt. 6/7A, robbed between May 30 and June 6. Stolen from a walk-in closet were diamond earrings worth $22,500, diamond jewelry worth $12,000, his-and-hers Patek Philippe watches worth $59,800, and a $7,500 Rolex watch. Ganek co-fou5nded now-defunct Level Global hedge fund, which agreed to pay the feds more than $21. million for its role in an insider-trading scheme. He was never charged.

“In the last 30 years, it has developed a reputation as one of the strictest, hardest to get into, most exclusive,” Gross told CNN on Thursday. “740 Park means that you’re there. You’re it.”
Retired jewel thief Walter Shaw, author of “A License to Steal,” said he believes the thefts are an inside job.
“Because if they go back to the surveillance tapes and cameras, they’re gonna see that they don’t recognize anybody that doesn’t belong there,” said Shaw.
Shaw was in the business for 30 years and is said to have netted $70 million in goods with his crew, dubbed the “Dinner Set Crew” because it robbed folks while they ate in a different part of the house.
He served nearly 12 years and was released in 1986 and later produced movies.

According to Shaw, he and his team never did “high-rise” jobs because there was only one way in — and one way out.
“I would think it’s somebody that knows the building pretty well and knows the shift changes and knows the comings and goings of the maid service or construction being done, and they blended in,” said Shaw.
Gross speculates that whoever robbed the apartments did so by locating each individual apartment’s key box.
“Now you’ve got four unrelated families all during summer vacation — when no one’s around — (and) someone managed to get in with no signs of break-in. Hello? That means keys. Where are the keys? They’re in the key box.”

Michael Gross, author of the book “740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building,” said security at the exclusive address is impenetrable.

“Ronald Lauder even has his mail screened at an outside location, so my first thought was it has to be an inside job pulled off by someone with access to the key cabinet,” Gross said.

“We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation and that we are cooperating with the authorities,” said Amy Goltzer, a spokeswoman for Brown Harris Stevens, the building’s manager.

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