23 Jun 2009

Arrests made over jewel robbery

3:27 pm on 23 June 2009

Police in Paris have arrested at 32 people in connection with the biggest jewel robbery in French history.

They also recovered large amounts of cash and weapons, in two separate operations in and around Paris.

The robbery was carried out last December by four men - two of them dressed as stylish women.

They held up the Harry Winston store and took jewellery worth 85 million euros.

Twenty-six people, including a security guard at the jewellery shop and several known gangsters, are under investigation.

They are accused of having taken part in the raid or the preparations for it, or of having helped sell the jewels.