Police have released footage of two women suspected of stealing over $600,000 worth of jewelry and personal valuables from a Knicks player's home last weekend.
According to police, the women met the 24-year-old victim, whom sources identify as Knicks forward Derrick Williams, at the nightclub Up and Down at on 14th Street in the West Village.
The women went home with Williams to his Tribeca apartment after 5 a.m. Saturday and stayed for about an hour and a half before leaving, police said.
Later that day, Williams noticed jewelry was missing.
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The video released by police shows the women inside the club just before leaving.
The New York Post reports Williams had been celebrating his team's 107-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers with a group of friends before they all headed back to Williams' apartment with the women. The two suspects allegedly went into a Louis Vuitton case containing the jewelry inside one of the closets, then took off, the paper reported, citing law enforcement sources.
NBC 4 was unable to reach Williams' agent for comment Wednesday night, and the player has not made any statements about the issue, though the Post reports he said "I don't want to talk about it" after a game at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night.
People walking outside the club Wednesday night, while not condoning the robbery or the women's actions, weren't very sympathetic.
"It happens to the best of us, whether you're a professional or a regular guy like myself, but you just have to be more aware. And when you add alcohol, what can you say?" said Damian Davis of Wakefield.
"Hopefully he had everything insured. If not, eh, you win, you lose," he added.
"Maybe the lesson learned here is, don't bring people home that you don't know that well," said Maayan Oppenheim of Williamsburg.
Helit Nava said, "It's stupidity, actually."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
-- Ida Siegal contributed to this report