End clap for the scooter robber!
The fifty-year-old in a suit who, with "nerve", held up the Chaumet jewelry store on Tuesday in Paris (8th arrondissement), and managed to get his hands on more than two million euros in jewelry, is in custody.
The thief was arrested this Wednesday noon in Moselle, in a bus which was taking a break on the Longeville-lès-Saint-Avold motorway area, by the Metz research and intervention brigade.
The robber, 55, was in the company of an accomplice, 44, whom the police had not identified on Tuesday, both of Montenegrin nationality.
Importantly, the duo were found in possession of the booty.
"Finally, a substantial part", reframes a source close to the case.
A robbery of just a few minutes
This is the end of a run that lasted less than 24 hours.
Their unprecedented and juicy heist dates back to Tuesday, 5 p.m.
The man then went to Chaumet, rue François-1er (8th arrondissement), just behind the Champs-Elysées, one of the most prestigious and old French houses of jewelry, jewelry and watchmaking, founded in 1780.
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In a rather chic costume, bare skull but face barred by a surgical mask, the pseudo-client has the airlock opened and jewelry presented.
Then, he takes out a handgun, threatens the employees, blocks them in the shop and leaves, still on a scooter, with more than 2 million euros in precious stones and jewelry.
All in a few minutes, without causing injury, without violence.
All evening and all night from Tuesday to Wednesday, investigators from the BRB (brigade for the repression of banditry) of the Paris judicial police, to whom the flagrant investigation of the robbery chief with a weapon
was entrusted by the Paris prosecutor's office, remained on site.
They searched the scene for traces and clues.
He walks into a cinema then takes the metro
Very quickly, they recovered video surveillance images that they put end to end and which allowed them to obtain a fairly precise report of the robber and to shed light on part of his journey.
It appeared that the thug had abandoned his scooter rue de Marignan, in the district, that he had entered the Gaumont cinema on the Champs-Elysées, then that he had taken the metro.
Further investigations revealed that with his accomplice, he had rented a hotel room in Paris, in the 3rd arrondissement, and that the duo had just boarded a bus in the direction of Belgrade (Serbia).
The hunt was then launched.
This Wednesday afternoon, the BRB police were on their way to pick up the fine team in Moselle and bring them back to their custody cells, in Paris, at the Bastion, Porte de Clichy (18th century).