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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:57 AM
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Diamond thieves pull off 100-million-dollar Paris heist
Source: AFP

Diamond thieves pull off 100-million-dollar Paris heist

5 hours ago

PARIS (AFP) Armed robbers pulled off one of the world's biggest jewelery heists at a famed Paris store, making off with 80 million euros (102 million dollars) in diamonds and valuables, investigators said Friday.

A gang of four thieves -- two of them disguised as women -- on Thursday stole nearly all the jewels on display at the Harry Winston boutique just off the Champs-Elysees avenue, which attracts a wealthy international clientele.

The heist was well-planned, a source from the investigating team told AFP. The men knew the names of some of the shop's employees and the location of some hidden storage cases for jewelery.


Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwWQ...



So, how were these goons planning on moving the diamonds? Sell them on eBay? Didn't they bother to watch Reservoir Dogs?
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:00 PM
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1. I'm hungry. Let's go get a taco.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:02 PM
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2. Let's get Sushi, and not pay for it!
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FriendlyReminder Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:02 PM
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3. Dang! I see a new movie coming out soon.....
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:06 PM
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4. metals can be resmelted
stones recut...

this sounded like a well planned heist, I am certain that these folks had a plan to dispose of their loot.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:52 PM
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12. re-cut stones may lose considerable weight, and the art of the jewelry is lost when the metals melt
i am sure you are correct but it makes me ill to think of stones beautifully cut to preserve size and brilliance being chopped down just to enrich a crew of shitheads

i hope they catch them before too many stones are mutilated

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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:20 PM
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5. They've assigned their top investigators to the case
Paris, jewels -- this is right up his alley.



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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:27 PM
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6. Compared to what the banks and Pentagon have stolen from us? Chicken feed.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:41 PM
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7. diamonds are easily tradable. That is a lot of money.
send the diamonds through a country that is known for diamonds, or take them somewhere like eastern europe.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:59 PM
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8. They are called thieves for stealing diamonds & they are called Wall Street when they steal billions
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 01:00 PM by L0oniX
from US tax payers.
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olddad56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:36 PM
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10. thieves steal dollars, Politicians steal Trillions.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:07 PM
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9. They must have saw the Obama-McCain South Park episode around the election
;)
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:43 PM
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11. I blame Sir Charles Phantom, the infamous Litton!
Kato, get Chief Inspector Dreyfus on ze phone now!

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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:45 PM
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13. Hint: this was an inside job.
The fact that they knew employees' names, and were able to find hidden storage cases of jewelry.

Jewelry stores are not stupid. They have security systems that are probably the best around. They probably have cameras aimed at the goods. Wow, they walked off with $100 million?

This was undoubtedly an inside job.
Now the police need to snag all the employees, and they'll find their men. :smoke:
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judasdisney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:33 AM
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15. Conspiracy Theory Tinfoil. There are no "inside jobs".
Oh wait a minute. Maybe.

There are no conspiracies in America, but only in other countries.
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Doctor Cynic Donating Member (965 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:18 PM
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14. C'est chaud!
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minnesota_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:51 AM
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16. They can bloody keep her!
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 06:53 AM by minnesota_liberal
Oops - I guess the story wasn't about Paris Hilton.

Nevermind.
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