French police arrested two suspects on July 28 after a thief took jewels worth €2 million to €3 million ($2.4 million to $3.6 million) from a famed Paris store and left on an electronic scooter.
Police arrested the suspects at a motorway rest area in Moselle in eastern France and recovered a “substantial quantity” of the stolen jewels found in their possession.
Prosecutors said that the two suspects were born in 1967 and 1977, without providing further details.
A closed-circuit television footage showed that the suspected thief, wearing a light gray suit, a white shirt, and a tie, entered the Chaumet jewelry store near the Champs-Elysees at about 5:10 p.m. on July 27.
Shortly afterwards, the footage showed the suspected thief leaving with a white bag of jewels and gemstones and making his getaway with a green electronic scooter he had parked outside.
Staff told the police that the thief pretended to be a customer, asked to see some pieces of jewelry, then pulled out a handgun.
No one was injured in the robbery.
Police have launched a criminal investigation into the robbery.
According to British online newspaper The Guardian, Mayor Jeanne d’Hauteserre of Paris’ 8th arrondissement, where the robbery took place, described it as “mind-boggling, daring, unprecedented, and regrettable.”
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