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Insurer Offers $1M Reward in Paris Jewel Heist

Dec 8, 2008 7:06 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Lloyd's of London is offering a reward of up to $1 million to the first person who can provide information leading to the recovery of more than $100 million in stolen jewelry from Harry Winston in Paris. Armed thieves hit the luxury jeweler this past Thursday.

Police say clues in the case have been difficult to uncover. Witnesses haven't even been able to determine in which direction the robbers fled following the heist on Avenue Montaigne. At least two of the thieves were disguised as women, which made it even more difficult to identify the suspects in video surveillance. Authorities have determined that the group responsible for the robbery was made up of professional thieves who meticulously planned the crime.

It has been suggested that the thieves may have ties in eastern Europe, where stolen goods of this caliber could more easily be sold. Authorities are also investigating possible links between this heist and an armed robbery more than one year ago at the same Harry Winston store, in which about $28 million in diamonds and jewelry were stolen.



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