Thieves break into Paris' flagship Apple store

Thieves break into Paris' flagship Apple store

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People walk outside France's first Apple store inside the legendary Louvre museum shopping centre in Paris on November 5, 2009. US technology giant Apple will open its store in the Carrousel du Louvre centre on November 7, 2009. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on January 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

 PARIS (AP) -- Masked and armed thieves used the New Year's Eve fete to rob the flagship Apple store in Paris.

   The French press reported that up to (euro) 1 million ($1.3 million) in goods were stolen at the store selling products such as Apple's iPhones and iPads behind the Paris Opera house, a figure police would not immediately confirm.

   Police said Tuesday the theft occurred about 9 p.m. Monday, 3 hours after closing, while police were deployed around the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue where revelers traditionally gather on New Year's Eve.

   Christophe Crepin of the Unsa police union said the "well prepared" operation was carried out by four masked and armed individuals.

   The daily Le Parisien reported the thieves entered the store by threatening a security guard at a back entrance.
 

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