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Apple Store Staff Attacked During New Year's Eve Burglary

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An Apple store in Paris, France was robbed of an estimated USD1.3 million of equipment after armed thieves forced their way inside through a staff entrance.

The burglary took place on New Year's Eve as masked robbers attacked a store cleaner as he was leaving the building through a rear staff exit a few hours after the store closed to customers.

The janitor was reported by local media to have been lightly injured during the attack, and a security guard was overpowered.

Reports vary on how many people were involved but it would seem that two people entered the store, while 3-4 waited outside.

It is not known yet quite what was stolen, but the value was put at around EUR1 million (USD1.3 million).

The thieves appear to have timed their attack to take advantage of a lower police presence in the area as many were drafted to the Champs-Elysees Avenue to cover the New Year's Eve celebrations.

On the web: Le Figaro

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