Bvlgari store in Paris
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Police arrested two armed men after a $12 million heist in a luxury jewelry store in Paris. The incident ended with one of the suspects being shot in the leg after an apparent car chase, investigators in the French capital said Wednesday.

Sources say that the three robbers were armed with guns wearing sharp suits.

After robbing the Bvlgari store in Paris’ Place Vendome, investigators said that the three robbers hopped onto a getaway vehicle. The police were then notified that an armed robbery took place around noon Paris time Tuesday.

The police then engaged in a high-speed chase. After the car chase, the robbers decided to abandon the car going on foot. It was at this time that the police found the opportunity to arrest the armed men. Two were arrested while one of the robbers got shot in the leg before they were apprehended.

Investigators also claimed that they seized two scooters near the jewelry store believed to be used in the heist. The Bvlgari store is located in one of Paris’ most luxurious commercial areas where high-end brands like Rolex, Chanel and Cartier are also situated.

Reuters reported that up to $12 million worth of jewels were taken in the heist. However, the investigators onsite would not confirm the figures.

As per the spokesman for the Paris Prosecutor’s Office, the stolen jewels had not been retrieved as of today, NBC News reported.

The luxury Italian brand, Bvlgari, owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed via email that an armed robbery indeed took place in their Paris store. They would also not comment on the exact value of the stolen items.

The company thanked the store’s staff and crew for not panicking during the heist and they are now leaving the matter to the police and the justice department to carry out the necessary investigations. One of the two suspects had been released according to the prosecutor's statement Wednesday.

CNN reported that in recent months, Paris-based jewelry stores have endured multiple armed heists. Therefore, it is highly believed that in the coming 2022 presidential elections, voters will look into crime and security as the main concerns.

Bvlgari store in Paris
French Nationale Police officers form a security cordon on the Place Vendome square in Paris, on September 7, 2021, after a suspected heist of a store of Italian luxury brand Bvlgari in the French capital. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images

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