Robbers in Drag Steal $108 Million from Harry Winston Store
On Thursday, $108 millions’ worth of diamond jewelry and luxury watches were stolen from a Harry Winston store near Champs-ElysDees, one of Paris’s most posh neighborhoods. This heist that came at the height of the Christmas shopping season is considered to be one of the costliest in the history of jewelry heists.
A police official who was not allowed to reveal his name during an ongoing investigation, said that the gang responsible consisted of three or four men who spoke a foreign language, with at least two of them disguised as women. The bandits, who knew some of the employees by name, were armed and threatened around 15 employees.
According to a security group that monitors the French Jewelry industry, 2015 saw a 20% rise in armed robberies over the last year. This comes nine months after eight men were convicted of robbing the same store in 2008.
“We are cooperating with the authorities in their investigation. Our first concern is the well-being of our employees.”
Obviously these robbers were well-informed about the store and its staff, but what I’d like to know is how does a jewelry store get hit twice in seven years, resulting in millions upon millions of jewelry stolen? On top of that, none of the surrounding stores even knew about this particular heist until the robbers, who were men with wigs and women’s clothing, were long gone. How does that happen?
I’m sorry but I’d have a fleet of security on deck and everyone, no matter their color, age or appearance would experience some form of profiling. Soon as a customer steps foot in my store, they’d be deemed a potential robber! I know there’s insurance that covers a large percentage of the jewelry, but there is no way I would allow my store to be robbed multiple times in less than 10 years. Not happening!
All I’m saying is they need to go ahead and hire me to oversee security. I’ll take payment in the form of diamonds. Please & Thank you!
Sidenote: Let’s do the math. There were about three to four robbers so they each likely got $25-30 million a piece. That’s not a bad payday for less than 10 minutes of work, unless of course you don’t mind going to prison for a very long time. What would you do with that kind of money?