A Chanel jewelry store in Paris is robbed by an armed gang who escaped on a motorcycle

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A group of armed men robbed a Chanel jewelry store in Paris in broad daylight on Thursday and escaped on two motorbikes.

The police headquarters tweeted that members of a special squad went to the scene after the robbery, which happened around 3 p.m.

The boutique on rue de la Paix, not far from the opera house in the French capital, replaced a Chanel boutique on the chic place Vendôme which was being renovated.

The estimated value of the goods stolen from the store was not immediately known. A video circulating on social media of what appeared to be the heist showed four men dressed in black with covered faces escaping on two motorbikes. Three of them were in the store while one stood guard with what looked like an automatic rifle strapped across him.

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Le Parisien newspaper quoted a supervisor from a nearby store, Cyril Ngo, as saying passers-by did not notice the weapon or understand what was going on. He said the flight lasted about 10 minutes.

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Last September, seven thieves stole millions of euros worth of jewelry from the Bulgari boutique on Place Vendôme. Police chased suspects on two motorcycles and in a car through Paris. Two suspects were quickly arrested, including one injured in the leg by the police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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