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Thieves rob luxury Swiss watch maker in Paris

October 4, 2013

PARIS (AP) — French police say robbers have struck a luxury Swiss watch retailer and made off with loot of as-yet undertermined value.

Two suspects are in custody after a group of around 10 stormed the Vacheron Constantin boutique near the ritzy Place Vendome in central Paris Friday morning, police said.

No one at Vacheron Constantin was immediately available to comment.

France has faced a spate of high-profile jewelry thefts in recent months. In July a lone gunman walked into a diamond jewelry show at a hotel in the Riviera resort of Cannes and made off with a breathtaking $136 million worth of valuables — the biggest jewelry heist in years, maybe ever. Two other jewelry heists took place during the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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