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Paris Thieves Steal Over $1M Worth Of Hermès Handbags

Apr 17, 2015 04:46 PM EDT
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Hermès Birkin bag on Eva Longoria in 2010
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On Thursday morning, thieves made away with Hermès handbags estimated to be worth more than 1 million euros (about $1.07 million at current exchange) at CAMS, a packaging and logistics facility northwest of Paris, WWD reported.

Six individuals reportedly got the upscale bags by forcing CAMS' manager of supplier to load about 500 Hermès bags into a truck before fleeing in two separate vehicles. They made away with both leather and canvas bags, which retail between 500 and 5,000 euros each, a police source told WWD. 

"The mode of operation suggests they were a well-prepared team," the source added.

WWD reported that at the time of the CAMS robbery, which occurred in France's Le Plessis-Bouchard region, the manager was alone on the facility's premises.

Following a flood of London robberies in recent years, thieves are now focusing on Paris. Gangs on mopeds have targeted stores including Colette, Audemars Piguet and De Grisogono throughout the past couple of years.

Back in November, two armed gunmen attempted to rob Cartier's store in the French city. Following a shootout with the police and taking a man hostage, the gunmen surrendered and the stolen goods were recovered. 

"It is with great relief that we can confirm that there were no casualties amongst the clients or the staff present in the store at that time. At this stage, we are waiting for the results of the police investigations," Cartier told WWD in a statement at the time.

The thieves were armed with an AK-47 and a 9mm pistol, and bursted into the Cartier store on Rue François 1er around 6:30 p.m.

"A negotiator was able to quickly get into contact with them," Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters at France 24 following the incident. "They agreed quite quickly to free the hostage safely and turned themselves in."

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