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10 suspects arrested in Paris over armed raids on luxury stores

The suspects are being held in connection with the robbery of a Chanel boutique last month and one last December on Swiss luxury jewellery chain Chopard. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Paris, France Jun 28, 2016, 06.43 AM (IST)
Ten robbery suspects were arrested in Paris on Monday over armed raids in recent months on luxury stores in the French capital, a police official said.

The suspects are being held in connection with the robbery of a Chanel boutique last month and one last December on Swiss luxury jewellery chain Chopard close to the presidential palace.

Police believe the armed raiders of the Chanel outlet got away with "many hundreds of thousands of euros" worth of goods.

The thieves launched a dawn raid, crashing a 4x4 into the store and stealing several handbags.

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

The December attackers got away with a haul worth around a million euros ($1.1 million) from the Chopard store.

In March, two robbers armed with a gun and grenade stormed another branch of Chopard, just a stone's throw from the justice ministry.

In 2014, there were several spectacular armed raids on the Place Vendome in which jewels worth between 420,000 and 2 million euros were seized.

(AFP)
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