The recent spate of high-end robberies continues with two more major heists at luxury boutiques. This time, the victims were Dior and Céline boutiques in Paris.
First, a spokesperson for the Paris police department confirmed that thieves took off with around €80,000, or $110,752 at current exchange, worth of goods from Dior's Avenue Montaigne boutique early Wednesday morning. According to a report by RTL, the burglars encountered a security guard, whom they threatened with a pistol. They also sprayed the place down with a fire extinguisher to remove any evidence.
Then, Thursday morning, the Céline boutique on Rue François 1er was the victim of an armed robbery just before opening hours. Employees were threatened with guns and tear gas by a man who gained access via the digicode to the stockroom; Le Parisien reports that the thief left with around €50,000 ($69,220) in cash.
Earlier this week, a Chanel boutique in London was robbed; in March, the Colette boutique in Paris was robbed of over $800,000 worth of goods. Statistics by the French National Institute for Advanced Studies in Security indicate that robberies have been steadily on the rise since 2008.
We have reached out to the Palais de Justice in Paris; while a spokesperson was able to confirm that the robberies happened, and the total amount stolen from Dior's boutique, she was unable to give further detail as an investigation is still ongoing in both cases.