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French police arrest 2 after thief steals €3 million worth of jewellery in Paris shop

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By Euronews with AFP
A passer-by walks past a Chaumet jewellery store located close to the Champs-Elysee avenue in central Paris, on July 27, 2021.
A passer-by walks past a Chaumet jewellery store located close to the Champs-Elysee avenue in central Paris, on July 27, 2021.   -   Copyright  GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP
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French police arrested two people on Wednesday suspected of having stolen jewellery worth up to €3 million in a Paris shop.

The burglary at a Chaumet jewellery shop near the Champs-Elysées took place at around 17:00 CET on Tuesday. A man erupted into the shop with a handgun and departed on an electric scooter with a loot estimated at between €2 and €3 million. No violence was used.

CCTV images released after the burglary show the man, with greying hair, a grey suit and a face mask, leaving on the scooter with two plastic bags.

The two suspects, born in 1967 and 1977, were arrested on Wednesday morning at a motorway rest area as they were travelling by bus.

Authorities said a "substantial part" of the loot was found in their possession.

The Paris Prosecutor's Office, which had launched an investigation for "robbery with a weapon", praised the Banditry Repression Brigade for its "remarkable mobilisation".