Robbers in drag get euro80M in Paris jewelry theft
By JEAN-PIERRE VERGES Associated Press Writer
PARIS (AP) -- Armed robbers - some dressed in drag - made off with euro80 million ($100 million) in loot from a lightning-fast jewelry store theft in central Paris, in what police Friday called one of France's costliest jewel heists.
At least two of the bandits were men wearing wigs and dressed as women, at times spoke a foreign language, and knew employees' names, the official said. After the theft, the robbers fled.
The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named according to agency policy, said it was among France's biggest-ever jewel thefts.
A spokeswoman for the company would not provide further details on the theft. It was unclear whether anyone was injured.
The store was targeted in a similar theft in October 2007, when three people forced employees to open safes and hand over euro10 million worth of jewels.