- Thieves hit a Bulgari jewelry store in central Paris.
- 10 million euros worth of jewelry stolen in a robbery in the light of day.
- French police apprehended two suspects after a high-speed chase.
A high-end jewelry store in central Paris on the iconic Place Vendôme has been hit by thieves and an estimated 10 million euros ($ 11.8 million) in jewelry has been reported stolen in a burglary in broad daylight.
The robbery took place around noon on Tuesday. While the police have yet to officially name the store, a strong law enforcement presence has been spotted in the Bulgari store, which was apparently the target of the bandits.
Paris police have apprehended two suspects, and a manhunt continues for the other thieves.
Two suspects were apprehended as they tried to flee the crime scene, police said, without providing further details, but some police sources said the theft had turned into a high-speed chase, as the suspects tried to escape using a BMW. automobile and two scooters.
According to local media, a policeman was slightly injured during the chase, when he was hit by the car, while one of the suspects detained was shot in the leg.
An unknown number of suspects are still at large. According to reports, they managed to escape with a large shipment of stolen goods estimated to be worth around 10 million euros.
The incident is the latest in a series of high-profile jewelry thefts in the French capital this summer. In July, an armed robber picked up a shipment of gems and jewelry in broad daylight from a Chaumet store near the Champs-Elysées. The thief on this occasion was arrested alongside an accomplice shortly after the raid, and the loot, valued at nearly 3 million euros ($ 3.5 million), was recovered.
Just days after the Chaumet robbery, two robbers hit a Dinh Van store, stealing some € 400,000 in cash and jewelry worth an estimated 2 million euros ($ 2.3 million).