France hit by another jewellery heist

2013-09-09 11:55

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Paris – Four men rammed their car into an up-market jewellery store in central Paris today, smashing the shop window and making off with a €2 million (R26 million) booty, a police source said.

The heist near the upscale Place Vendome is the latest to hit France after a spate of high-profile robberies in the southern resort of Cannes.

The police source, who wished to remain anonymous, said the men drove a large 4x4 car into the store in the early hours of the morning, and grabbed jewellery and luxury watches worth an estimated €2 million.

They then set fire to the vehicle and escaped in another car.

Forensic policemen are currently going through the site of the robbery at the Casty store on Rue de Castiglione in the central first district of Paris, which is home to numerous jewellery shops.

At the end of July, an armed man carried out a brazen robbery in broad daylight at a diamond exhibition at the Carlton hotel in Cannes, making off with jewellery worth €103 million in one of the world’s biggest heists.

Paris has also been the scene of high-profile robberies.

In December 2008, three men emptied almost all of the stock of gems from the Harry Winston jewellery store. In 2009, police said they had recovered 80% of the haul.

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