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Authorities say Anthony Ellison and Richard Jones used these tools while trying to gain entry at Gold Fashion, in Far Rockaway.Authorities say Anthony Ellison and Richard Jones used these tools while trying to gain entry at Gold Fashion, in Far Rockaway.

A pair of would-be thieves were caught trying to pry open the door of a Far Rockaway jewelry store, during the blackout, after a battery powered alarm alerted police.

Anthony Ellison and Richard Jones were prying the door of Gold Fashion, located at 21-25 Mott Ave., when police arrived on the scene, according to the Queens district attorney's office. Police Officer Jaclyn Napolitano said, in a deposition, that the men had a crowbar jammed in the second door when she confronted them. The two also had a shovel and pliers with them, she said.

What Ellison and Jones did not know was that Gold Fashion was well protected against break-ins, despite the power outage. The store is guarded in the rear where the two men were caught, by a tall cyclone fence topped with barbed wire, an outer door with a deadbolt and an inner door (where the two were stopped) immediately inside. There are also multiple alarm systems with battery backup power, monitoring the building, according to owner Sung Park.

Even if Ellison and Jones had gotten past the second door they would have been in a storage room that does not contain any jewelry cases or safes.

The two men were arrested at about 9:30 p.m. on August 14. They have been charged with third degree burglary, fourth degree criminal mischief and possession of burglar's tools.

Ellison, 26, of 133-27 230 St., Laurelton and Jones, 33, of 253 140 Ave., Rosedale, were arraigned on August 16 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert C. McGann, according to the district attorney's office. Ellison's bail was $2,000 while Jones' was set at $7,500. Both were still in custody at press time, according to a representative from the New York City Corrections Department. Their next court date is September 3.

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