Armed men in masks robbed an Apple Store in Paris on New Year’s Eve, walking away with $1.3 million in goods from Apple’s store in the city.
According to local police, the robbery occurred at approximately 9 pm on Monday, December, 31. The thieves broke into the store three hours after the retail location closed for the year.
The thieves chose to make their heist while Paris’ police force was busily monitoring New Years Eve activity around the city’s famous Champs-Elysees Avenue.
Christophe Crepin of the Unsa police union tells ABC News that the criminals carried out a “well prepared” operation. He also notes that four masked and well armed men were involves in the after hours robbery.
The Apple Store is located behind the Paris Opera House. According to Le Parisien, the robbers gained access to the store by threatening a security guard who was watching the back entrance to the store.
An investigation is ongoing, and officials are asking for any information that will lead to the arrest of the armed robbers.
If even one of those Apple devices was left in the on-position, the company may be able to track down the thieves as they have done in the past with other store-based product thefts.