Paris, 4 robbers disguised as women, snatch 85 million Euros Jewelry from Harry Winston
Cash stripped thieves turn to old "rob some jewels"
Harry Winston jewelry Champs-Elysees
Christmas presents on the fast Track. All time record high Jewel theft at Paris, Harry Winston jewelry store near the Champs-Elysees.
$110 million jewelry gone, largest Case in France history
The legendary US company's customer list, stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Elisabeth Taylor and Madonna, and royalty including Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.
PARIS (AP) — Armed robbers — some disguised as women — snatched euro85 million ($108 million) worth of diamond rings, necklaces and luxury watches from a Harry Winston boutique on a posh Paris avenue in one of the largest jewel heists in history, officials said Friday.
The gang of three or four robbers threatened about 15 employees with handguns and hit some on the head before taking the jewels from display cases from the store near the Champs-Elysees, said a police official, who was not authorized to be publicly named under agency policy.
At least two of the bandits were men wearing wigs and women's clothes, the official said. The robbers also spoke a foreign language at times and appeared to know employees' names when they robbed the store before it closed early Thursday at the height of Christmas shopping season
Winston jewelry, New York based
"We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation. Our first concern is the well-being of our employees," New York-based Harry Winston said.
Rhonda Barnat, a spokeswoman for the company, did not provide further details.
The boutique on Avenue Montaigne was closed to the public Friday. Employees who came out for cigarette breaks refused to speak to reporters, and three of the five display windows stood empty of their usual wares.