PARIS – The Chopard jewerly store on Place Vendome here was raided Saturday afternoon by a lone man carrying a gun, who stole jewels worth up to 6.5 million euros, or $9.2 million, according to French police.
The smartly dress man, believed to be in his 50s, passed himself off as a customer to get in through the store’s security door before drawing his weapon and ordering staff to give him jewels from the window display. However, he didn’t take the whole contents of the shop windows, a police spokesman said.
No one was reported injured in the robbery, and it wasn’t immediately known whether the robber had an accomplice.
Chopard wasn’t immediately available for comment.
The Swiss-based company makes watches and jewels worn by movie stars at high-profile events such as the Cannes film festival and Hollywood’s Academy Awards, and has branches in most world capitals.
The heist took place over the Pentecost weekend, when the city centre was packed with shoppers and tourists. It comes after a gang of armed men stole gems worth 85 million euros, or $107 million, from jewellers Harry Winston in Paris last December.