Priceless watch collection recovered in France

9th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

GENEVA, July 9, 2007 (AFP) - French police have recovered a priceless watch collection stolen when thieves forced their way into the museum of one of Switzerland's luxury watchmakers, Girard-Perregaux, Swiss police said Monday.

GENEVA, July 9, 2007 (AFP) - French police have recovered a priceless watch collection stolen when thieves forced their way into the museum of one of Switzerland's luxury watchmakers, Girard-Perregaux, Swiss police said Monday.

Gendarmes found a sack with all the watches during a search of shrubland near Valdahon in eastern France on Saturday, a day after they arrested two men, police in the Swiss canton of Neuchatel said in a statement.

A third suspect was still on the run, they added.

The thieves stole the watches from display cases after they forced their way into the museum in the northwestern Swiss town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, not far from the French border, last Thursday.

The collection at the Villa Marguerite museum dated back to the 18th century and included several unique timepieces.

All of the items, worth several million Swiss francs, were catalogued and would have been difficult to sell, experts said.

A Swiss magistrate has asked for the extradition of the two suspects arrested in France.


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