6 Dec 2008

$US102m jewel robbery in Paris

9:30 am on 6 December 2008

Armed robbers have stolen jewels worth at least 80 million euros ($US102 million) from one of the most prestigious jewellery shops in Paris.

As many as four robbers were involved. Two were disguised as women.

Around 10 people and 15 staff were in the store on Thursday afternoon when the robbers entered Harry Winston's store near the Champs-Elysee and stole nearly all its stock.

Police say they spoke French and another language, seemed well informed and knew the names of some of the staff.

The store was hit by another robbery almost 14 months ago when armed robbers then stole an estimated 10 million euros ($US13 million) worth of valuables.

The BBC reports the latest robbery is one of France's most serious for decades.

Harry Winston is situated on the fashionable Avenue Montaigne and attracts a wealthy clientele from around the world, from royalty to film stars.