Like a scene out of a movie, a gun-toting, suit-wearing jewelry thief walked into the tony Chopard jewelry house on the chic Place Vendome in Paris and walked out with loot worth close to $9 million.
According to BBC News, no one was injured and the thief is still on the loose. It is not currently known if he had any accomplices, but an investigations officer with the Alliance police union told reporters the man was calm, well-dressed and appeared to be alone. Numerous jewelers, as well as France’s Justice Ministry, are located on the elegant Place Vendome, which is usually filled Saturday with shoppers soaking up the sunshine. And while the thief certainly made off with a treasure trove of valuables, the estimated value is far less than the $108 million in jewels and watches that were stolen last year (and down the road) at Harry Winston’s Paris storefront on the Champs-Elysees. Worried about protecting your own jewelry box? Click here to read Jewelry.com’s important tips on how to secure your treasure chest against those wily folks with sticky finger syndrome. And check out this fascinating piece about one of the world’s most famous jewelry thieves.