PARIS – A Chaumet store near Avenue des Champs-Élysées was the target of an armed robbery on Tuesday, although no one was injured in the attack, the jeweler said on Wednesday, confirming media reports French.
French weekly Le Point published CCTV footage showing a man, dressed in a gray suit, running away on a scooter standing shortly after 5 p.m. CET. Chaumet declined to comment on press articles estimating the value of stolen goods between 2 million and 3 million euros.
“The Chaumet store on rue François-1er was the target of a carefully prepared armed robbery, according to the first elements of the investigation. No one present at the time of the attack was injured and the house wishes to salute the balanced reaction of the teams present on the spot, ”said Chaumet in a statement.
“A support system has been in place for the teams since last night. A complaint has been filed, the house will not comment further and will let the police and justice services conduct their investigations, ”added the brand, which belongs to the luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
The case was referred to the Banditry Suppression Squad, a special police unit tasked with investigating armed robberies, serious burglaries and scams, stolen cars and thefts of works of art, according to Agence France Presse. Two suspects were arrested on Wednesday at a motorway service station in northeastern France in possession of a “substantial part” of the loot, he added.
Chaumet’s flagship in Place Vendôme was broken into in 2009, a year that saw a number of dramatic jewelry heists in the French capital, with Harry Winston and Chopard’s boutiques also being targeted. In recent years, the number of high profile hold-ups has declined.
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