Police Investigating Multimillion-Dollar Heist at Piaget Paris
Two men and a woman made off with an estimated $11 million to $16.5 million worth of jewels, said authorities.
On the afternoon of Aug. 1, two men in suits and a woman in a dress entered the store on Rue de la Paix next to the Place Vendôme, according to a translated version of an article from French news site Le Parisien.
The thieves had a handgun with a silencer, a police source told the newspaper, and threatened the staff, forcing everyone onto the ground at the back of the store.
One employee was forced at gunpoint to open the locked jewelry display cases and the safe, according to reports.
After grabbing the jewels, the trio fled on foot and have not yet been apprehended. There were no reported injuries.
The stolen jewels have an estimated worth of between €10 million and €15 million ($11 million to $16.5 million), police said.
The Richemont-owned jewelry brand, founded in 1874, is notable for its high-end watches and jewelry.
Richemont did not respond to a request for comment on the incident.
The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the crime, which will be handled by the Brigade de Répression du Banditisme (the banditry repression brigade), which specializes in jewelry store robberies.
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