Thursday afternoon, Four individuals robbed a prestigious Chanel watch and jewelry store in the historic center of Paris, near the luxurious Place Vendôme.
The four masked men, at least one of them armed with an assault rifle, extracted an amount that until now is unknown and then fled on a motorcycle and a scooter.
The robbery was filmed by an Internet user who uploaded the video on social networks. It clearly shows four people dressed in black, masked and wearing helmets. Three leave the store and the other waits on the motorcycle, with an assault rifle on his shoulder. Two leave on the motorcycle and the other two on the scooter.
The store is located at Rue de la Paiznear Place Vendôme, known for the presence of several large jewelers.
A saleswoman from a nearby clothing store said she was smoking a cigarette in the street when she saw “a man alone with a Kalashnikov on a motorcycle.”
“Two minutes later, three other men came out [de la tienda Chanel] with three large black bags. They also had automatic weapons. They got on two motorcycles and quickly set off,” he added.
A supervisor at the same clothing store, Cyril Ngo, stated that the assault lasted at least 10 minutes.
“A client notified us and we called the police immediately, but they did not believe us. We had to call them again, so that they would take us seriously and intervene,” he added.
Shortly after the events, the Rue de la Paix was closed by the police and the store had lowered its curtains.
Last year, several luxury stores were robbed in the French capital, with various types of procedures.
At the end of July, a man stole merchandise worth more than two million euros ($2.1 million at current exchange rates) from a store in Chaumet, near the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and managed to flee on a scooter. But the next day he was arrested along with an accomplice and most of the loot was recovered.
On September 7, a gang ransacked a Bulgari store in Place Vendôme for an amount valued at €10 millionbut its members were arrested the same day after a police chase.
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