Movie-Like Scene: Armed Robbery in Paris Amidst Daylight Nets €10 Million
In the upscale centre of Paris, two men in elegant suits and a woman in a lavish gown pulled off a daring heist, robbing a prestigious jewellery store of millions of euros, as reported by Le Parisien.
During the lunch hour on the glamorous Rue de la Paix, not far from the Opera, the trio of gunmen, armed with silenced pistols, stormed the jewellery shop. Store employees were forced to the ground, according to a police source cited by Le Parisien.
Thankfully, no one was injured, and the robbers escaped on foot.
The prosecutor's office believes that precious jewels worth €10-15 million (approximately £8.5-13 million) were stolen from the store's display cases.
The investigation into the armed robbery has been taken up by France's specialized police unit, BRB, which deals with armed robberies and burglaries.
This incident comes just three months after another high-end jewellery store, located 100 meters (330 feet) down the street at Place Vendôme, was targeted. On a Saturday afternoon, also in broad daylight, three armed robbers struck the store and made their getaway on two motorcycles.
Both Rue de la Paix and Place Vendôme are renowned for their luxurious jewellery boutiques. However, unlike the previous robbery, this latest heist was carried out by a well-dressed gang.
The police report describes the robbers as two men in gray suits and a woman in a green gown.
Sandrine Marcot from the French Jewellery and Watches Union expressed concern about the rising number of raids: "Although it is true that the number has sharply decreased over the years, after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, the past couple of years have seen an increase in armed robberies and burglaries."
Jacques Morel, security officer of the French Union of Jewellers, Precious Stones, and Pearls (UFBJOP), a professional association representing major players in the market, clarifies that "the number of robberies has decreased. Ten years ago, there were 400 across France. In 2022, there were fewer than 50."
Less than two weeks ago, Italy's national team and PSG goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and his partner were tied up and robbed in their Paris apartment. The assailants fled with valuables, watches, and other luxury items.