French Cops Bust 26 in Record Jewel Heist
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 23, 2009 1:56 AM CDT
A woman walks past the Harry Winston jewelry store near the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where armed robbers lifted $100 million in jewels late last year.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – French cops have busted 26 people linked to the biggest jewelry heist ever in France, reports the Guardian. Police swooped in after learning that foreign buyers were about to contact the team to purchase gems lifted late last year in a brazen daylight armed robbery in Paris. The suspects, both men and women aged 22 to 67, include a security guard and several gangsters in the $100 million heist in the American gem boutique Harry Winston. Cops recovered large amounts of cash, weapons and stolen jewelry.