Brazen Paris Gunman Grabs $8M in Gems

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2009 5:17 AM CDT
A thief dressed in a suit and fedora stole $8 million in jewels from a Chopard shop on Place Vendôme yesterday afternoon.   (©buggolo)
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(Newser) – A lone gunman boldly stepped into a plush Chopard store in Paris and walked out with $8 million in gems yesterday, reports the BBC. The thief, dressed in a suit and fedora, forced the staff to hand over 15 pieces of jewelry, then calmly exited into the aftyernoon sun.  Late last year armed robbers stole $102 million in jewels from a shop off the Champs-Elysées. Yesterday's heist was on the exclusive Place Vendôme near the Ritz and the Ministry of Justice.
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