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Nov272008

Cartier Paris Robbed of Million Dollar Diamond Ring

How funny. As in funny weird. Cartier has just been robbed of a €635k diamond ring (about 900,000 American dollars or 1.1 Million Australian dollars) by a couple posing as Arab tourists. Read about it here on Yahoo France (in French) Apparently they did the old switcheroo - asked to look at an expensive ring and then substituted it when the salesperson was distracted. The funny thing is that I was trying to make a short film on exactly the same thing.

Here's a Babelfish translation of the Yahoo page - much funnier this way -

A ring of 635.000 euros flown “by trick” at Cartier

A ring estimated at 635.000 euros was stolen “by trick” Friday at Cartier in Paris, one learned Wednesday from police source. The Repression brigade of banditism (BRB) was seized by the investigation.

According to the first elements collected by the police officers, a couple of alleged tourists Quataris presented Friday towards 16:00 in the Cartier store located street François 1st in VIIIe district. The woman was in particular vêtue of a dress traditional and capped with a veil.

The couple required to see several jewels of a great value. Benefitting from the carelessness of the saleswoman, they succeeded in subtilizing an invaluable ring equipped with a diamond of 5,5 carats by replacing it by false. A flight called “by trick” discovered later by the persons in charge of the shop whereas the shadies were already far.

I like that last bit "the shadies were already far". I bet they were. I wonder if they took off on the free Velib bikes like we were talking about using for our movie. Have a look at this test clip below.


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Reader Comments (3)

That's funny!!!
November 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDelorumrex
Was just commenting to a friend yesterday afternoon about how good the Cartier store looked (from the outside), that it is open on Sunday and that it has a great location right off l'Etoile. Your story reminds me of the "ring sting" that is commonly put on by some gypsies in Paris. I blogged about it here: http://tinyurl.com/5lmnyv. Fairly astonishing that the salesperson "lost attention."
December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMinter
Minter, I got a "404" on that link. "Right off l'Etoile"? It's in Place Vendome - just up from the Ritz.
December 1, 2008 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe

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