A sledgehammer-wielding crook reportedly broke into a Bronx jewelry store and snatched $20,000 in valuables on Sunday, May 1.

On Sunday, a burglar smashed through a window of M & NP Jewelers on White Plains Road with a sledgehammer and snatched $20,000 worth of chains and pendants. According to a witness who saw the incident unfold, “three unknown individuals broke the store window with a sledgehammer” and “removed assorted jewelry," the New York Post reported.

Investigation officers later secured surveillance video footage that shows the robber who wielded the sledgehammer shoving the baubles into a bag held by a second man. However, it was not clear what the third man was doing. After robbing the jewelry store, the robbers took off south on White Plains Road in a black BMW.

There were no threats or injuries reported in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, a group of thieves similarly stole about $50,000 in another smash and grab incident about 2 1/2 miles away in the Bronx last month. It remains unclear if the two cases are connected. The thieves in the smash and grab robbery in April also fled in a black sedan similar to this recent robbery.

Meanwhile, a crook identified as Nelson Soria, who was wanted for a string of Bronx burglaries, showed up for a virtual court hearing on Oct. 16, 2021, and hasn't been heard from since. The cops have launched a manhunt for him so he can face multiple burglary charges, including a $500,000 jewelry heist, the Daily News reported.

Frustrated police officers have issued a wanted poster offering a $2,500 award for information leading to his arrest. Law enforcement described Soria as having a distinctive look, 6-foot-2 in height, about 275 pounds, and bald.

Soria last got out of prison in October 2019. He was busted again in July 2021 for a June burglary that occurred during a protest over the George Floyd case.

At the time of his arrest, there was not enough evidence to formally link Soria to other burglaries, including the theft of $500,000 worth of jewelry from M & NP Jewelers on White Plains Road in Pelham Parkway.

Soria is also suspected of taking $2,000 in cash from Fabulous Flowers on E. Tremont Ave. in November 2019.

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A sledgehammer-wielding crook reportedly broke into a Bronx jewelry store and snatched $20,000 in valuables on Sunday, May 1. This is a representational image. Chris Hondros/Newsmakers

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