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$100 Million Jewelry Heist in Paris

The Yahoo! News article said that a group of armed robbers wearing women's outfit robbed jewelry worth $108 million from a Harry Winston boutique in Paris on Thursday. It was one of the world's largest jewel heists. Isabelle Montagne, spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office, said the gunmen forced store employees to strip rings, necklaces and earrings from window displays and pull more out of safes. Harry Winston was at one of Paris' toniest shopping locales on the Avenue Montaigne. Montagne said the incident "very well-organized." Investigators suspect the robbering group was the so-called "Pink Panthers," a ring of jewel thieves mostly from the former Yugoslavia. Harry Winston had been targeted in a heist last year and lost jewelry worth $28.4 million and the robbers were not caught.


The New York Times article said that some French newspapers branded the heist of the century. The heist happened on Thursday but was reported on Friday. It was the second robbery of Harry Winston in 14 months. Doron Lévy, a spokesman for the Union of French Jewelers said that Harry Winston was not the only one that was targeted of the robberies. Harry Winston, the New York-based company, issued a statement on Friday. “We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation,? spokeswoman, Rhonda Barnat, said. “Our first concern is the well-being of our employees.?