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Men Disguised As Women Manage To Loot French Jewelry Store At Gunpoint

Men Disguised As Women Manage To Loot French Jewelry Store At Gunpoint

Police personnel in France launched a manhunt for arresting men involved in one of the worst cases of jewelry robberies in December 2008. 'Jeweler of the Star', the Harry Winston store in Paris, was plundered when a gang of four men attacked the jewelry store, three men disguised as women. They managed to get away with all the jewelry on display in the store, and even emptied two storage bins into their coffers.

The jewelry store is the favorite of international celebrities. It has some of the most expensive jewelries in the world. The looted jewelry is said to be of the tune of €80 million or ₤70 million. This makes it the largest jewelry robbery ever committed in France.

The twilight was beginning to fade when gang members in typical disguises requested to be let into the Harry Winston jewelry store. They managed to  get away with the loot with the help of guns they carried. They rolled in a small traveling-bag before they flashed out a .357 Magnum and a hand grenade. They intimidated customers and employees at the jewelry store with their guns forcing them into a corner of the bank. They used a mixture of French and another language in talking to each other.

At the end of the day, eight men found themselves behind bars for the robbery. The mastermind behind the heist, Douadi Yahioui, is sentenced to 15 years of rigorous imprisonment. All others involved found themselves in jail for a couple of years. Although a small part of the heist is claimed to have been recovered by the police, a major chunk has not been recovered.

 

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