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Harry Winston jewelry store robbed in French Riviera

  • Outside view of the Harry Winston jewelry store in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. A French official says a robber armed with a hand grenade and an automatic handgun has stolen diamond necklaces and other valuable jewelry for an estimated $ 16 million in the Harry Winston jewelry store.

PARIS >> A French official says a robber armed with a hand grenade and an automatic handgun has stolen diamond necklaces and other jewelry from a luxury store in the French Riviera city of Cannes.

Alain Guimbard, a deputy prosecutor in nearby Grasse, said Wednesday the robber entered the Harry Winston jewelry store on the seaside avenue La Croisette by pretending to be a customer.

Guimbard told The Associated Press the robber then forced employees to give him diamond jewelry from a display window and other pieces.

The holdup lasted only a few minutes. Guimbard says the robber escaped and no one was injured.

The stolen merchandise is estimated to be worth 15 million euros ($16 million.)

Harry Winston is a New York-based jeweler that often adorns actresses at the Academy Awards.

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