They left with nearly 10 million euros worth of jewelry.
Spectacular loot snatched up in broad daylight, weapons in hand, in an ultra-secure Paris which was about to see the start of the trial for the November 13 attacks.
A little less than a year after the resounding breakage of the Bulgari jewelry store located on Place Vendôme (I), two of the alleged robbers were arrested on Tuesday morning by investigators from the Banditry Repression Brigade (BRB).
Aged 37 and 26, the two men are from, like the suspect who had already been arrested and indicted in this case, from sensitive areas of Seine-Saint-Denis.
Both are described as "solid customers" and professional.
The heist, carried out in broad daylight on September 7, 2021, was in any case very well prepared by the seven robbers.
Shortly after noon, a first member of the commando shows up at the entrance to the Bulgari boutique, place Vendôme.
Introducing himself as a customer, he enters the jewelry store's electric airlock and then prevents the secure door from closing with a piece of wood.
His six accomplices take advantage of this and enter luxury jewelry.
They are armed with at least a handgun and a shotgun.
Within minutes, they swipe up some incredible gemstone jewelry.
In total, the loot is around 10 million euros.
Robbery in Paris: loot estimated at 10 million euros
Leaving the jewelry store, four men embark on two scooters which will be found burned in Seine-Saint-Denis.
The other three remaining robbers fled in a BMW.
This is the only mistake in this robbery.
Because the vehicle very quickly finds itself caught in the difficult Parisian traffic.
The BMW is chased by the police near Boulevard Magenta and a bicycle islander even lacks being hit by the sedan.
A few moments later, the car got stuck in traffic near Place du Châtelet.
Stuck, the three criminals try to flee on foot.
One of them points a shotgun in the direction of the police, who retaliate and touch him in the thigh.
This man was indicted and imprisoned on September 10, 2021. The other two passengers manage to disappear into the crowd.
After more than eight months of careful investigation, it was these two men who were arrested on Tuesday morning by the BRB.
One was apprehended at his home in Seine-Saint-Denis, the other at the home of a girlfriend.
The police, however, did not find any jewelry from the robbery during the searches.
Difficult to sell, these fine jewelry pieces are generally marked by the manufacturers.
Thieves are therefore often forced to dismantle the jewels to recover the precious stones, which are then recut and sold in Antwerp or Dubai.