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Armed Robbers Hold Up Colette

The thieves held up the Paris store an hour before opening on Saturday.

PARIS — Two armed robbers held up employees at the concept store Colette here an hour before opening on Saturday, making off with a stash of luxury watches, a source familiar with events said.

The two men, one wielding an ax and the other a shotgun, burst into the store on Rue Saint-Honoré at 10 a.m. Seven staff members were in the store and nobody was hurt, the source said.

Yvette Bertrand, deputy director of the judicial police, told reporters outside the store that the burglars struck as employees were laying out the merchandise in display cases.

“It is reasonable to suppose that they had quite precise information about the organization of the store at opening time,” she said.

Officials at Colette declined to comment on the theft.

It is the third time in a week that jewel thieves have struck in the Golden Triangle of the French capital.

On Monday, burglars attacked a DoDo store on Rue Saint-Honoré and a week ago two men held up the nearby de Grisogono store.