Two armed robberies show surprising similarities

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

Two armed robberies, taking place several hundred kilometres apart, showed similar operation methods. Three employees were first taken hostage on Thursday at 6 am in a post office in Saint-Mandé in the Parisian region before they were released unharmed four hours later.

Two armed robberies, taking place several hundred kilometres apart, showed similar operation methods. Three employees were first taken hostage on Thursday at 6 am in a post office in Saint-Mandé in the Parisian region before they were released unharmed four hours later.

The special intervention unit of the police intervened around 10 am after being alerted by other employees but the robbers had already left the premises.

At about the same time, four or five masked men robbed a supermarket in Revigny-sur-Ornain in the Meuse region when it opened its doors at 6 am.

They took 13 staff members hostage for about 2 hours before leaving with the cash register. Witnesses said the robbers were "determined” and armed with automatic weapons.

According to the COG (Centre opérationnel de la gendarmerie) the robbers waited for the manager's arrival in order to get the contents of the vault, just less than EUR 10,000, and left in a getaway car around 8 am.

Psychologist were made available for the hostages and one of the employees, more affected than the others, had to be hospitalised.

The authorities in both regions have deployed special means to find the robbers but they have not been found so far.

Copyright Expatica 2007

Subject: French news

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