‘Several million euros’ of jewels taken in armed heist at luxury Paris boutique

19 May 2024, 15:34

Police forensic officers inspect the entrance of the Harry Winston jewellery after a robbery in Paris
France Armed Robbery. Picture: PA

The dazzling, by-appointment store on Avenue Montaigne was robbed by a gang of at least three people, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

Armed robbers who used a motorbike as a battering ram made off with “several million euros” worth of valuables in a heist of the luxury Paris boutique of self-declared “Jeweller to the Stars” Harry Winston, the French prosecutor’s office overseeing the police probe said.

Having refused on Saturday to confirm that Harry Winston was the target, the Paris prosecutor’s office did so on Sunday, saying the dazzling, by-appointment store on Avenue Montaigne was robbed by a gang of at least three people.

They “forced entry to the jewellery store using a two-wheeler. They stole jewellery from several windows, while one of them kept watch”, carrying a long-barrelled firearm, the prosecutor’s office said.

Onlookers watch the entrance of the Harry Winston jewellery after a robbery in Paris
Onlookers watch the entrance of the Harry Winston jewellery after a robbery in Paris (Thibault Camus/AP)

As they sped away, they pointed the firearm “in the direction of police officers, who had to put an end to their pursuit”, it said.

“The damage, currently being assessed, is several million euros,” it said.

Harry Winston did not reply to emailed questions from The Associated Press.

This is not the first time the luxury store has been robbed.

Eight people were convicted in 2015 in connection with a spectacular 2008 hold-up in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about 92 million dollars (£72.4 million) in goods.

By Press Association

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