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article imageRam-raiders plowed into Paris jewellery store, took €2m in loot

By Anne Sewell     Sep 9, 2013 in Crime
Paris - Criminals plowed their vehicle into the shop window of an upmarket jewellery boutique near Place Vendôme in central Paris on Monday in a dramatic dawn robbery.
The ram-raIders crashed a large four-by-four vehicle into the store early on Monday morning, then grabbed jewellery and luxury watches worth around €2 million ($2.6-million), before setting fire to the vehicle and escaping in a different car.
According to a police source, "The criminals filled several bags with jewellery before setting fire to the vehicle and escaping in a black Audi A3."
A Parisian that witnessed the incident told MYTF1News: "While driving this morning, I thought it was a scene of shooting a film by Luc Besson. The street was closed with red ribbons and police and there was smoke."
According to the owner of the store, security was "flawless", with "armored windows, an airlock," and "hyper alarm system connected to an efficient monitoring association. "
The heist is reportedly the latest to hit France, as a spate of high-profile robberies have also struck in the southern resort of Cannes.
According to police sources, forensic officers are currently going through the site of the latest robbery, which occurred at the Casty store on Rue de Castiglione in the central first arrondissement of Paris. The area is apparently home to numerous jewellery shops.
Ram-raiding appears to be coming back into fashion, where criminals ram a van, SUV, car, or other heavy vehicle through the windows or doors of a closed shop, usually a department store or jeweller's shop, to allow the perpetrators to loot it. Apparently this type of crime has been going on since at least the mid-1930's.
Sunday night saw yet another dramatic robbery in Paris, when thieves armed with Kalashnikovs stormed a subsidiary of the France's rail operator SNCF in the capital's 15th arrondissement.
In that incident, robbers escaped with around €60,000 from the company, which manages restaurant cars on the TGV trains.
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