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Paris Apple store hit by thieves on New Year's Eve

  • Armed robbers broke into an Apple store in Paris on New Year's Eve, stealing goods worth an estimated $1.3 million.

    According to police, four masked men forced their way into the shop.

    Thieves broke into the Apple store behind the Paris Opera at around 9 pm on Monday, three hours after it had closed.

    The robbers are believed to have escaped in a van.

    A spokesman for the police union UNSA told reporters: "As the majority of police were busy watching the Champs Elysees (for New Year's Eve celebrations), the robbers took advantage of this opportunity."

    The news comes as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has blamed the theft of Apple goods for rising street crime figures in his city.

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