Armed looters rob the famous Chanel store in Paris opposite the French Ministry of Justice
Call the fashion police! Armed robbers launch an armed attack on the Chanel store in Paris opposite Emmanuel Macron’s Ministry of Justice
- The gang targeted the Chanel store opposite the French Ministry of Justice
- The masked raiders were filmed leaving the store with designer items
- Criminals wore helmets with visors down and carried assault rifles
- Chanel refused to reveal the total value of the property stolen by the gang
Armed robbers brazenly carrying assault rifles robbed a Chanel store opposite the French Ministry of Justice.
The four criminals were filmed as they calmly left the upscale Paris store yesterday morning after filling their bags with designer goods.
An astonished witness, who filmed the drama and posted it online, could be heard saying: “It’s a heist.”
The thieves wore helmets with the visor down during a raid on the shop in Place Vendôme, in central Paris. The square also houses the Ministry of Justice. “There didn’t seem to be any security in the store,” another witness said.
“The men stopped on two bicycles and entered. They made everyone in the store lie on the floor, then loaded up with jewelry and luxury watches. Then they rode off with one of the gang members showing off his assault rifle.
This is the moment a gang of criminals targeted a Chanel store in Paris opposite the French Ministry of Justice
The four looters fled on two motorbikes with an unspecified transport of luxury goods
Police arrived at the scene after the highly organized criminals escaped with their loot
Chanel did not disclose the value of the seized goods and police, who cordoned off the area shortly after the robbery, said they had no information on the identity of the perpetrators.
In July, thieves made off with goods worth nearly £2million from a Chaumet store near the Champs-Elysées. A Dinh Van jewelry store was hit the same month.
Speaking of the latest raid, police said at least one of the four, who were all masked and wearing helmets, was carrying an assault rifle, with one witness saying the others also had automatic weapons.
In a scene filmed by a passerby and widely shared on social media, three people dressed in black are seen leaving the store while a fourth, carrying an assault rifle slung over their shoulders, waits on a motorbike.
Members of the public filmed the gang raiding the luxury store targeted by four criminals
A witness, Anastasia Martino, 26, who works in a clothing store across from Chanel, said she was on a cigarette break when she saw “a man with a Kalashnikov on a motorcycle” around 2:30 p.m.
“Two minutes later, three other men come out of the shop with big black bags. They too had automatic weapons, got on two motorbikes and left in a hurry.
His colleague, Cyril Ngo, 31, said the robbery lasted 10 minutes. “They weren’t professionals,” he said.
The Chanel boutique is located on rue de La Paix, a stone’s throw from Place Vendôme, a district with a high concentration of luxury jewellers.
Chanel, founded in 1910 by Coco Chanel, is one of France’s leading fashion houses, selling haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing, perfumes, accessories and other luxury items.