Thieves hit trendy Colette concept store in Paris

22nd March 2014, Comments 0 comments

Two masked robbers wielding a gun and an axe burst into the Colette boutique in the heart of Paris Saturday, making off with 600,000 euros ($800,000) worth of goods from the trendy concept store, officials said.

The pair held up the store on Saint-Honore street, near the Place de Vendome, shortly after it opened at 10:00 am and briefly detained the seven people who were inside as they scooped up merchandise, mostly expensive watches, before fleeing on a scooter.

No-one was hurt in the break-in, police sources said.

The area around Place de Vendome is home to many upscale stores and has been the scene of several break-ins in recent months despite the justice ministry being close by, with two jewellery boutiques robbed in March alone.

In similar heists, in December armed thieves made off with luxury watches worth 800,000 euros from a boutique in the same neighbourhood, shortly after a separate robbery of hundreds of thousands of euros worth of luxury watches by axe- and sledgehammer-wielding robbers at a Vacheron Constantin store.

© 2014 AFP

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