Ram-raiders strike Paris Chanel boutique

2016-04-28 23:11
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Paris - Thieves launched a dawn raid Thursday on a Paris branch of luxury brand Chanel, crashing a 4x4 into the store and stealing several handbags, police said.

The raiders then appear to have set the vehicle alight, causing damage to the shop front and nearby cars, before fleeing the scene on scooters, police sources said.

The robbery, which happened at around 05:30, is the latest in a string of crimes targeting upmarket retailers in Paris.

The targeted Chanel store is on the Avenue Montaigne, just minutes away from the Champs-Elysees and close to the presidential palace.

The value of the theft was not immediately known but a police investigation is under way.

In March two robbers armed with a gun and grenade stormed a branch of Swiss luxury jewellery chain Chopard on the city's Place Vendome in a brazen daylight assault, just a stone's throw from the justice ministry.

In December robbers targeted another branch of Chopard close to the presidential palace.

In 2014 there were several spectacular armed raids on the Place Vendome in which jewels worth between 420 000 and two million euros were seized.

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