The Apple store at the centre of this report is located in the Opera area of Paris. Around 9pm New Year's Eve masked gunmen forced their way into the store. The store had closed three hours earlier but the thieves struck as the janitor was leaving. With reports
that one person was injured in the robbery, the victim was initially presumed to be the janitor. This was not confirmed however. The latest reports are that it was a security guard
who was injured.
In what was obviously a well thought out plan the intruders ignored iPhones, iPads and Macs that were on display. Instead they opted to take boxes full of stock. The "operation" took the thieves around 40 minutes to complete.
The stolen goods were loaded onto a van parked close to the store. Accomplices quickly loaded the valuable haul into the van. The four or five individuals involved made a quick getaway.
The exact value of the stolen property is not yet known. A senior member of staff at the store is still working his way through an inventory of stock. Early estimates were that as much as one million euros or £780,000 of stock had been taken.
Although the theft appears to have been a carefully planned operation it was still an opportunistic one. Police were out in force to ensure security at the Paris New Year celebrations. As people focused on the Champs-Elysées area roads in the Opera district were quiet and fairly traffic free.
Paris Police have denied however that their presence at the forthcoming New Year's Eve celebrations could have jeopardised policing in other areas, reported the Telegraph
According to the mailonline
the store which was robbed is a flagship Apple store.
CCTV images are now being checked in an effort to identify the perpetrators of this crime. The police investigation is now being led by the PJ, a special Paris brigade for "the repression of banditry"