A subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group, savoir-faire watches and jewellery brand Piaget store was robbed in broad daylight with items worth millions. Located in the prime area of Place Vendôme in central Paris, an unalarming trio dressed formally undertook the heist.
The Rue de la Paix in Paris is home to many watch-making Maisons, high-end luxury brands and all-time famous jewellers. Robberies take place frequently in spite of heavily guarded stores and on-ground security. With guns in their hands, the robbers forced the staff of the Piaget store to the floor and began the raid. Prosecutors and Paris Police believe luxury jewels worth €10-€15 million were taken as the trio ransacked the shop displays. No one was reported hurt or found injured. The armed robbers fled on foot. An investigation is now on and the police are on the lookout for the armed gang.
In recent years, many such thefts have taken place in and around the city making Paris increasingly unsafe. Bulgari was attacked down the street, only three months ago. The heist similarly happened in the peak hours of the day, when two gunmen broke into the store. They robbed millions worth of items and escaped on a motorbike. A series of such trespassing and stealing crimes have made a rise in the French city.
Paris has also seen a string of cases where celebrated names like Kim Kardashian and St-Germain’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma were a part of hostile situations. Last year, Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in a private residence in Paris by assailants disguised as police and Donnarumma’s apartment was also looted.